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Island man handed 660 days for violent home invasion

Chief Judge Nancy Orr
Chief Judge Nancy Orr - File

A 32-year-old P.E.I. man has been sentenced to 725 days in jail after pleading guilty to a serious spate of crime that included a violent home invasion.

Jason Ernest Fitzpatrick was sentenced Friday to 660 days for a home invasion on Sept. 23 that involved robbery with violence. A cigar box containing marijuana was stolen. He was given credit of 54 days for time already served.

Fitzpatrick was handed additional jail time of 45 days for stealing a debit card on Aug. 21 and 20 more days for possession of break-in tools.

He received sentences to be served concurrently on a number of other convictions, including the theft of several bank and debit cards and for stealing a jacket. 

Fitzpatrick also pleaded guilty to operating a conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public and to failing to stop for the police. A three-year driving prohibition was imposed.

He received a 14-month sentence for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, but the sentence is to be served concurrently and did not result in any extension of his overall time to be served.

Fitzpatrick stood in provincial court to apologize for his criminal behaviour before learning his sentence.

Chief Judge Nancy Orr told Fitzpatrick his prior record was “pretty minor" in comparison to the slate of crime he committed earlier this year in August and September.

“It has been noted you have certainly stepped up your activity in a negative way," she said.

Orr noted the lengthy jail sentence will provide Fitzpatrick considerable time to reflect on the company he keeps.

She offered assistance in that end by ordering him to refrain from having any contact with his partners in crime, including the two individuals who joined him in what Crown attorney John Diamond termed “car shopping at night".

A weapons prohibition was imposed, and Fitzpatrick was ordered to provide a sample for the national DNA databank.

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