Bell Island crime spree results in 30-month jail sentence

Louis Power
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St. John’s — Two 20-year-old men from Bell Island have sentenced to 900 days in prison as the result of events the judge calls a “one-day crime spree.”

Wayne Boone and Christian Jenkins appeared in St. John's provincial court on Tuesday to hear Judge Michael Madden hand down the sentences.

Family and friends of the offenders cried and hugged one another after both men were led away from the courtroom in handcuffs.

On Aug. 30, both men were involved in several assaults and robberies on Bell Island. Madden said their action were largely fuelled by alcohol consumption, while noting mental health issues were also a factor.

Boone was also being sentenced on a separate assault matter on Feb. 25. His sentence on that matter will run concurrent to his sentence for the Aug. 30 incidents.

Neither of the men applied for bail and have been remanded in custody for 111 days. Madden gave them 1 1/2 days credit for time served, meaning they have another 734 days remaining on their sentences — a little more than two years in total.

For more on this story, read Wednesday's edition of The Telegram.

Geographic location: Bell Island, St. John's

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  • Louis Humphreys
    December 18, 2012 - 21:48

    Wonderful...meanwhile a bloke in BC, connected to HA, will get 12 months for selling kilo's of Meth. Great justice system we have here...welcome to Canada.

  • Political Watcher
    December 18, 2012 - 17:57

    I thought that the Feds did away with the "credit for time served" bonus. Not only did they get cedi but they got time an a half. Gotta love the overtime schedule.

  • shawn
    December 18, 2012 - 17:48

    Go on bye they will be out in 6 mouths. On parole

  • RATTER
    December 18, 2012 - 16:24

    Too late for crying and hugging. These two hoodlums did not turn bad overnight. They had years of practice and apparently nothing was done by those responsible for their upbringing to keep them on the straight and narrow. The time has now come for these thugs to take responsibility for their actions.

  • derek
    December 18, 2012 - 12:39

    Boys, your parents must be some proud of you. When you get out, please move away, we don't need idiots like you.

  • Whaddaya At ?
    December 18, 2012 - 11:43

    Yo bro, what it is, we got da shaved heads an da neck tats, we in da hood an we da big gangstas, ya'll know dat, right ?. Bubba is waitin' for us at da Big House but we ain't afraid cause we're tough, right ?. We ain't just bald headed cowardly young wimps tryin' to look tough, right ?.

  • Bob
    December 18, 2012 - 11:32

    The Judge here did the right thing!!! They should start handing out stiffer sentences then people may thing twice about being stupid!!! This two young men got what the deserved theres no way to argue that! I hope they enjoy there 734 days in Prison!!!

  • john
    December 18, 2012 - 11:15

    They should not be allowed back on BELL ISLAND again Becausethey will do it again

  • Anon
    December 18, 2012 - 11:07

    Not that I disagree with the sentence but I've seen rapists get less than two years...

  • grant
    December 18, 2012 - 10:46

    Iam really surprised they got as much as they did. The judge tried to lessen the sentences as much as he could by running the sentence concurrent, and the telegram helping by saying 900 days to make it sound like a bigger sentence. According to court history judges in NL are for the criminal not the victims, which is sad. I only wish the had US judges.

  • Kevin
    December 18, 2012 - 09:53

    These two Nimrods deserve this and more. Everyone has an excuse and these two are no different. They have been in trouble before and will be in trouble again.

  • John
    December 18, 2012 - 09:45

    Good. I'm sure these guys are just misunderstood geniuses and all, but some time in jail might do them some good, make them feel like real gangsters, and keep them away from people who can manage to go through life without hurting others. And trying to blame it on alcohol is just sad.

  • Fast Forward
    December 18, 2012 - 09:41

    Fast forward a couple of years and we'll hear more from these louts; likely escalated crimes as they'll be taught well by upstanding citizens in the big house. At least they're off the streets for a short while; get some more tats and markings while you're inside boys; that way it'll be easier to identify you when you're out and back at your old tricks.