Armed robber sentenced to more than four years in jail

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Rosie Gillingham
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He was bullied as a kid, got into drugs as a teen and, as an adult, committed armed robberies.

Now, Jeffrey Edward Hunt will have plenty of time to think about his future.

The 22-year-old from St. John's - who committed two armed robberies in two days last winter - was sentenced to four years and two months in jail Friday afternoon.

Several of his family members were in provincial court to support him. Many of them wept as Hunt was being led out of the courtroom to be transported to a federal penitentiary.

He was bullied as a kid, got into drugs as a teen and, as an adult, committed armed robberies.

Now, Jeffrey Edward Hunt will have plenty of time to think about his future.

The 22-year-old from St. John's - who committed two armed robberies in two days last winter - was sentenced to four years and two months in jail Friday afternoon.

Several of his family members were in provincial court to support him. Many of them wept as Hunt was being led out of the courtroom to be transported to a federal penitentiary.

In all, Hunt pleaded guilty to 19 charges, including two counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery, having his face masked, two counts of theft and numerous breaches of court orders.

The first robbery took place Feb. 24 at Hamilton Avenue Convenience. He and another man both wore masks when they entered the store with knives. They robbed cigarettes and money from the clerk, but also tried to rob a customer.

The next day, Hunt and another man held up the Blackmarsh Road Ultramar gas station.

In the video shown in court during the sentencing hearing, Hunt and another man were seen walking into the store with crow bars. There was audio in the video as well and the men demanded "almost in military style" the clerk give them cigarettes and money. They also demanded the clerk give them money from inside the safe behind the counter, but the clerk managed to convince them he did not know how to open it.

They got away with a small amount of each.

"It's clear they meant business," Judge Robert Hyslop said during sentencing. "How terrifying that must have been."

On the same day, Hunt stole a van from the parking lot of Tim Hortons. The owner got the help of a friend at the shop to pursue Hunt and forced him to stop. They forcibly removed him from the vehicle.

In October 2008, Hunt also used a female friend's bank card to withdraw $120 for himself.

The judge ordered Hunt to pay more than $1,100 restitution to the owner of the van, and to pay back the $120 stolen from the woman.

Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten had asked the judge to impose a sentencing between four and six years. Defence lawyer Randy Piercey had asked for a jail term of between two and four years.

Hyslop settled on 50 months, noting a harsher penalty would be too crushing on Hunt, who has prospects of being rehabilitated.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Tim Hortons

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • cher
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    what difference does it make where he is being housed , as long as he is behind bars until he is rehabilitated or serves his time , u missed the point of the story justice for all

  • mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Read about this character on and off for a couple of years. He has had lots of chances to be rehabilitated - now it is down to jail time. I pity his family.

  • wouldnt ya know
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    My heart bleeds....YOU had a choice, sir!!!!
    My GOD that sounds familiar, doesn't??

  • justice
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    It says in your article that Jeff Hunt left the court to be transferred to a federal penitentiary. In fact he will be held at HMP for and extended period of time before transfer . Under the terms of confederation NL has the right to house Federal prisoners in this province either at HMP or in Stephenville. If they are transferred to the mainland it can take months or even a year before they go. HMP houses a number of federal prisoners at any time, about 40 percent of the prison population is federal. Many prisoners want to go federal to get out of HMP because they have more freedom and get out quicker if sent away. They are also paid while doing time on the mainland! The RCMP only transfer several prisoners federally every few months from HMP. There are also a number of people remanded to HMP for crimes such as murder,kidnapping ,attempted murder etc... for extended periods of time even for a few years. HMP is classified as a medium-maximum security prison and it doesn't just hold people under provincial sentences. Its time for people to realize that there are many dangerous criminals held at HMP right in the middle of the city. Next time editor get it right!

  • kelly
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Looks good on him they needs to put a end to all this crap... and a STOP to bullying also cause it does so much damage to a child...

    • sarah
      April 27, 2011 - 19:20

      This is jeffs girlfriend of the past 3years now and we have a beautiful little girl who's almost 2. Years old..and I believe everything happends for a reason. And obviosly no matter what someone does there family still cares for them and in this case especially jeffs he. Comes from a very good loving family and we all know the real jeff and he struggled with an addiction as well as many other people in this world do and he just never had the right that he needed and finally something happend to make him turn his life around and that's exactly what he's doing he's very sorry for what he had done and he paying for it and getting help jeffs a good person who is loving and caring but for a while he turned to drugs and they had a whole on him but abyways you can all think what you wants but the jeff that I know would never ev3er even think on doibg sonething like this.also ihis family has always been there for him so I don't know what your talking about bit to late now?and I'm waiting for him to come home to

  • what!
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Several of his family members were in provincial court to support him.

    Tad late,is it not ? How do his family members spell prevention ?

  • amanda
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    what do Bullying have to do with anything? So what he was bullied as a child? I hate how someone can have pitty for a criminal because of there background. If he was brain dead from being bullied and couldnt learn right from wrong then show pitty. But from someone who worked as a store clerk for several yrs. the thoughts of being held up while trying to do your job to earn money and a living is really sceary and to be honest store clerks dont get paid enough to put there lives at risk to protect the federal governments goods ie. cigs, beer, gas, lotto tickets... I think this guy should be an example for the rest of the petty criminals out there, YOU do the crime, You do the time.

  • cher
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    what difference does it make where he is being housed , as long as he is behind bars until he is rehabilitated or serves his time , u missed the point of the story justice for all

  • mary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Read about this character on and off for a couple of years. He has had lots of chances to be rehabilitated - now it is down to jail time. I pity his family.

  • wouldnt ya know
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    My heart bleeds....YOU had a choice, sir!!!!
    My GOD that sounds familiar, doesn't??

  • justice
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    It says in your article that Jeff Hunt left the court to be transferred to a federal penitentiary. In fact he will be held at HMP for and extended period of time before transfer . Under the terms of confederation NL has the right to house Federal prisoners in this province either at HMP or in Stephenville. If they are transferred to the mainland it can take months or even a year before they go. HMP houses a number of federal prisoners at any time, about 40 percent of the prison population is federal. Many prisoners want to go federal to get out of HMP because they have more freedom and get out quicker if sent away. They are also paid while doing time on the mainland! The RCMP only transfer several prisoners federally every few months from HMP. There are also a number of people remanded to HMP for crimes such as murder,kidnapping ,attempted murder etc... for extended periods of time even for a few years. HMP is classified as a medium-maximum security prison and it doesn't just hold people under provincial sentences. Its time for people to realize that there are many dangerous criminals held at HMP right in the middle of the city. Next time editor get it right!

  • kelly
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Looks good on him they needs to put a end to all this crap... and a STOP to bullying also cause it does so much damage to a child...

  • what!
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Several of his family members were in provincial court to support him.

    Tad late,is it not ? How do his family members spell prevention ?

  • amanda
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    what do Bullying have to do with anything? So what he was bullied as a child? I hate how someone can have pitty for a criminal because of there background. If he was brain dead from being bullied and couldnt learn right from wrong then show pitty. But from someone who worked as a store clerk for several yrs. the thoughts of being held up while trying to do your job to earn money and a living is really sceary and to be honest store clerks dont get paid enough to put there lives at risk to protect the federal governments goods ie. cigs, beer, gas, lotto tickets... I think this guy should be an example for the rest of the petty criminals out there, YOU do the crime, You do the time.