Man convicted of petty thefts from boats gets federal prison

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PICTOU – A 33-year-old Pictou man who stole petty items from boats docked at a local marina this past summer has been sentenced to two years plus a day in federal prison. 

Paul Ivan Jeans Jr. lowered his head into his hands as Pictou Provincial Court Judge Del Atwood announced that federal jail was warranted because Jeans Jr. put the public at risk by tampering with these boats.

“Nova Scotians have sought recreation and livehood on the water for centuries and one thing learned is that it is dangerous to tamper with vessels,” he said. “A mariner stranded at sea can’t pull over and call for roadside assistance.”

He said people who own boats check their vessels and equipment regularly to ensure they are safe for travel, but if someone comes aboard the boat and tampers with its belongings, the owner has no idea what has been touched or possibly damaged.

“The potential risk of danger to mariners in these circumstances must not be taken lightly,” Atwood said. “Break-ins to vessels is a real public safety concern.”

Jeans Jr. pleaded guilty to 11 break-and-enter charges related to a rash of thefts from boats at the Pictou Marina in early September. Eleven boats were broken into at the marina and items taken ranged from bags of potato chips to flashlights to binoculars and pocket lighters.

He also breached two court orders by texting, calling and Facebooking his former girlfriend after being ordered to have no contact with her.

Jeans Jr. pleaded with Atwood several times to consider sentencing him to house arrest for his crimes because it was too stressful being in jail where people threatened him.

He made one last plea for a conditional sentence with house arrest Thursday, saying he would abide by all of the conditions so that he would never have to return to jail again.

“I was hoping to have house arrest,” he said. “ I can’t do (jail) again. It scares me to the point that I am not sleeping, I am not eating and I cover myself with a blanket with my eyes on the door. If I do get house arrest today, I am not going to do anything to jeopardize my freedom at all.”

Atwood recognized Jeans Jr.’s stressful living conditions since he has been on remand from Oct. 26 and credited him with more than one-for-one time served during the sentencing.

He said the fact that Jeans Jr. has been alcohol free for three years and never used drugs were positive factors in addition to the accused recognizing that the crimes he committed were done in “pure stupidity.”

However, Atwood said the issue of public safety cannot be overlooked and by breaking into these vessels, he could have potentially harmed the lives of many people.

Jeans Jr. was sentenced to two months consecutive for each of the 11 break-and-enter charges as well as two months for his breach of a court order. He received two months for the second breach charge as well, but it will run concurrent to the other charges and serve as credit for time served in remand. 

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  • justice is not justice
    December 06, 2013 - 18:49

    Just goes to show that if you don't got money You pay for it in federal prison. People who have recklessly driven or stole vehicles and drove them off the road drunk get fines or house arrest and apparently this guy is dangerous. I think Mr Atwood should be reviewed in this case. And why federal over provincial jail? This is ridiculous and I wonder which person with a boat knows Mr Atwood? This stinks of corruption.

  • Doritos
    December 06, 2013 - 17:48

    The danger, the horror of being lost at sea without your Doritos..I just couldn't imagine!!

  • Totally Disgusted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    December 06, 2013 - 12:14

    Violent offenders are getting walks and a harmless bum desperately needing mental assistance is put in federal prison for stealing chips and a lighter ? Or Whatever ? As you can see, this is really going to end well . .

  • Joking aside
    December 06, 2013 - 11:24

    The legal system once again fails. Here, you have a guy that has mental issues and is not a threat to society and how do you deal with it??? "teach him a lesson and send him to jail, let him hang out with murderers and hardened criminals" Wonder how he his mental state will be when he gets out? This poor guy needed to be sentenced to therapy with mental health not federal prison. Shame on you!!

  • M.L.
    December 06, 2013 - 10:39

    Classic overkill. Steal chips and a lighter and go to the Federal Pen. He'd have gotten less time for dealing drugs.

  • Comedy Lover
    December 06, 2013 - 04:27

    This is comedy genius! From what I understand, this guy stole bags of chips instead of thousands of dollars worth of electronics. He's obviously not a hardened criminal and has some issues that would best be addressed by some professional counseling. Throw him in jail for 2 years and see how he comes out. That'll teach him. Danger! Ha! maybe he shoulda got smashed and screamed down the road in his Maserati for some fun. You know, something nice and safe. That way he wouldnt have to worry about jail or criminal charges. Our justice system is a joke!

    • Lori
      December 06, 2013 - 10:24

      I agree with you Comedy Lover!

    • I agree with Comedy Lover
      December 06, 2013 - 10:53

      Such a good point. I was just coming on here to write something similar but Comedy Lover wrote it better than I was going to. lol