A 26-year-old former Pictou County resident has been sentenced to a conditional discharge with strict conditions in relation to an alleged home invasion in Trenton in March 2013.
Micah Scott Osborne was sentenced in Pictou provincial court Wednesday after being found guilty of mischief in relation to an incident in March 2013.
He was found not guilty of a charge of break and enter in connection with the same incident while three other men are currently charged with break and enter as a result of the alleged incident and currently making their way through the court system.
The Crown had recommended a lengthy conditional sentence for Osborne for his part in the night’s events, but his lawyer Stephen Robert said his client has taken steps to turn his life around and would benefit from a conditional discharge.
Judge Del Atwood acknowledged that Osborne took part in a series of events in March 2013 that deserves a significant degree of punishment because such crimes shakes the confidence of homeowners and diminishes their level of safety.
However, he said, Osborne played a minor role in the night’s alleged events and based in evidence before the court and in his pre-sentence report, he is considered a good candidate for rehabilitation.
Atwood acknowledged that Osborne recently completed his first year of a business course at Nova Scotia Community College, has obtained a full time job in Truro, has the support of his wife and family and has a goal in mind to one day open his own business.
“It would be in Mr. Osborne’s best interest for the court to impose a conditional discharge with significant conditions for a significant duration,” Atwood said.
As part of the conditional discharge, Osborne must serve 36 months probation that includes staying away from alcohol, completing 150 hours of community service work within the next year and stay employed and in school.
In addition, he must also serve 12 months house arrest and return to court in July 2015 for a status check to ensure he has met all of the conditions of his conditional discharge.
“If at any time you breach it, the Crown can make an application to the court for a resentence,” he said, meaning this could result in him losing the conditional discharge and receiving a criminal record with the possibility of facing a sentence that involves imprisonment.