Inmate sentenced for part in HMP hostage-taking

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A St. John's man involved in a 2013 prison riot that included a hostage taking has been sentenced to 18 months in jail. Julien Squires was sentenced today in provincial court.

Julian Matthew Squires. — RNC photo

Squires was on remand at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary at the time of the incident and was given credit for the 102 days he's spent in custody. That leaves 14 1/2 months left on his term.

Squires pleaded guilty last week to hostage-taking and mischief by damaging property at HMP.

"I just want to put this behind me," Squires told Judge David Orr.

Squires was one of six inmates arrested in connection with the incident.

Justin Wiseman and Adam Hayden are having a preliminary inquiry instead of a trial, as originally planned.

Justin Hopkins pleaded guilty to mischief by damaging property.

Justin Owens and Philip Hollihan both pleaded guilty to obstructing, interrupting or interferring with the lawful use or operation of property. Owens was sentenced to six months in jail. Hollihan will be sentenced April 15.

All six were also originally charged with hostage taking, stemming from an incident that happened Aug. 5 of last year.

Six of the inmates reportedly caused a riot, taking an inmate as hostage. The men demanded cigarettes in exchange for the hostage.

The damage to HMP was said to have been extensive, with broken doors and smashed windows.

Squires was said to have been involved in the negotiations with police by shouting through a window.

Orr’s sentence was in keeping with a recommendation by defence lawyer Nick Avis, who pointed out that identity was an issue in the case. While the inmates were masked and it was dark, Squires was spotted on a surveillance camera by his voice and body language.

Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten had suggested a 21-month sentence.

Story updated to clarify charge 

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