Man gets nearly 3 years for violent home invasion

A 21-year-old man from Clyde River was sentenced in provincial court Tuesday to 33 months in jail for his part in a Charlottetown home invasion this spring.

On April 30, Cameron Geoffrey Dobson and another man forced their way into the apartment of a 55-year-old woman.

Dobson held her while the second man stole prescription medication, a laptop computer and a wedding ring belonging to the woman's father.

Dobson told the woman if she told the police, he'd kill her.

On Tuesday, the court heard Dobson has serious issues with drug addiction. He was ordered to undergo treatment after a previous conviction but failed to do so.

Crown attorney John McMillan argued for a sentence of three to five years in a federal penitentiary.

He said the court has to send a message to drug dealers and drug users that if they invade the homes of the vulnerable and defenceless, the court will separate them from society.

But defence lawyer Alanna Taylor pointed out Dobson has been clean for the last six months while he's been in provincial custody.

Minus time served, Dobson will remain in provincial jail a further two years minus a day. After that, he will be on probation for another three years, the maximum allowed.

Dobson pleaded guilty in the case.

The second man, Mark William Kneebone, has already been sentenced to two years for his part in the home invasion.

Dobson was also ordered to provide a DNA sample and faces a lifetime prohibition against owning weapons.

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