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BC:1 year for grow-op invasion

by papapuff » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:54 pm

1 year for grow-op invasion

Kate Bouey - Aug 9, 2017

Two men have been given year-long prison sentences for their part in the bungled invasion of a legal marijuana grow-op on Yankee Flats Road almost four years ago.

The two, Tyler Macleod, 28, and Damjan Madjar, 29, pleaded guilty in an earlier court appearance to break and enter and using a firearm while committing an indictable offence.

“On Nov. 26, 2013, four intruders approached a residence of an isolated, legal grow operation. They were masked and hooded,” Judge Mark Takahashi said in Vernon provincial court, Wednesday. “One carried a shotgun.”

Reviewing the details, Takahashi said an attempt was made to gain entry using a shovel and an axe, although he said it had not been proven that Macleod wielded the axe.

The masked group failed to get in, but were arrested by police after they took off in two vehicles.

Takahashi ordered Macleod to spend one year, 12 days in prison, to run consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving on a trafficking case.

The judge explained that a longer sentence would send Macleod to federal prison and end his “unique opportunity” to continue in a drug rehab program.

Madjar, who had no criminal record, was one of the two drivers and did not leave his vehicle during the attempted break-in.

The judge said Madjar was described as intelligent, accomplished and a good candidate for rehabilitation.

Madjar was given one year in jail and ordered to do 30 days community service, during which he must speak to high school students about how he had “tripped over his hubris and squandered his good fortune.”

Neither man was armed during the incident, but Macleod is subject to a lifetime weapons ban. Both will serve one year's probation following jail.

A total of six men were charged in connection with the incident.
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