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Coquitlam thief gets 2.5 years

A Coquitlam man will spend another 31 months in prison for his role in a home invasion last year in Anmore.  - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
A Coquitlam man will spend another 31 months in prison for his role in a home invasion last year in Anmore.
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A Coquitlam man will spend another 31 months in prison for his role in a home invasion last year in Anmore.

The accused, who is referred to as M.S.B. in court documents because his name is protected under a publication ban, pleaded guilty to robbery and using an imitation firearm while committing an offence.

On top of the two-year, seven-month sentence, he will also have to submit a DNA sample and is prohibited from possessing a firearm for 10 years.

The convictions stem from an incident in September of last year, when M.S.B. and an accomplice barged into an Anmore house after a 17-year-old resident, expecting a friend, answered a knock at the door.

M.S.B. pointed an imitation handgun at the chest of the teen before going downstairs to the family's safe, where he retrieved between $13,000 and $15,000 in cash. Ammunition and several firearms stored in the safe were left behind.

In the reasons for sentence, Madam Justice Marion Buller Bennett wrote M.S.B. needed the money to pay a drug debt.

The accused had been using OxyContin for about six months prior to the offence and believed his family would be in danger if he did not "do as he was told," Bennett wrote. She added that M.S.B. did not choose the victims.

The 22-year-old accused has prior convictions from youth court, including a robbery in 2006 and a manslaughter conviction in 2008. The home invasion in Anmore was M.S.B.'s first conviction as an adult.

Bennett also noted that M.S.B. has shown remorse throughout the proceedings and offered to plead guilty early in the process, although his counsel advised him that a trial would be more appropriate.

"He does have insight into the nature of his offence and the effects of his offences on the people involved," she said. "He is very sorry for what he did do."

M.S.B. was sentenced to three years in prison but received credit for five months for time served in pre-trial custody.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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