A 26-year-old man who broke into two homes, sprayed graffiti around Charlottetown and stole from a liquor store was sentenced recently to 38 months in federal prison.
Connor Lloyd Jenkins appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing on multiple charges.
The court heard that during one incident, a woman returned to her home in Charlottetown with a contractor where they saw Jenkins in the front yard.
Jenkins had several bags with the woman’s belongings in them.
He fled but left a fingerprint at the scene, and the two witnesses were able to identify him.
In a separate incident, Jenkins went to a different home and left with a bag and backpack.
The court also heard that over a span of several months Charlottetown police received 15 complaints about graffiti in the Charlottetown area.
After investigating, the police found a sketchbook with the same graffiti tag drawn in it outside Jenkins’s home.
In another unrelated incident, Jenkins stole a bottle of liquor valued at $33.94.
Defence lawyer Conor Mullin told the court his client has issues with mental health and addictions.
The court heard Jenkins has been attending group counselling and is on suboxone for his addiction.
Mullin also said federal institutions have better programming for inmates than the provincial jail.
Any sentence of two years or more is served in a federal prison.
Before hearing his sentence, Jenkins addressed the court to say he was ashamed of his crimes.
“I’d like to apologize to the families,” he said.
After hearing the submissions, Douglas said break and enter into a dwelling is one of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code of Canada.
It was an aggravating factor that Jenkins caused damage to one of the homes, Douglas said.
In sentencing Jenkins to 38 months in prison, Douglas followed a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence.
Douglas gave Jenkins credit of six months for time spent in custody since his arrest.
Jenkins will have to provide a DNA sample for the national databank.