A 21-year-old Dartmouth man who robbed a Kings County convenience store of 28 packs of cigarettes last year has been sentenced to four years in jail.
At Trevon Domonic Longard's sentencing Wednesday, Kentville provincial court Judge Claudine MacDonald gave him 18 months' credit for time he spent in custody since his arrest last year. His trial, which started last September, was spread out over seven days.
He was found guilty last month of robbery, wearing a mask while committing an offence, breach of probation and two breaches of court orders.
Crown attorney Jim Fyfe told the court Longard was dressed in black, including a black mask and gloves, when he walked into the convenience store on Highway 1 in Grand Pre shortly before 9 p.m. on May 11.
“He put a duffel bag up on the counter and demanded cigarettes and money,” Fyfe said. “At a certain point, when the bag was being filled slowly with cigarettes, he got impatient and wanted the money, and was told he wasn't getting the money.”
Longard told the clerk he had a gun, but one wasn't seen. When the clerk demanded the robber show him the gun “he said words to the effect that 'If I show it to you, I'll have to use it,' ” the prosecutor said
The clerk wasn't convinced there was a gun, Fyfe said.
Longard then kept looking at the clock, and because it was near the time the owner would arrive to close the store, Longard took off without any money, the Crown attorney said.
Longard was arrested on May 22, two hours after a robbery took place at a gas station in nearby Greenwich. Five days later, he was charged with the Grand Pre robbery.
Fyfe said police took statements from a number of people while investigating the Greenwich robbery, including Longard's brother who “essentially indicated that (Longard) had done the Grand Pre robbery.”
While Longard also faced charges in connection with the Greenwich robbery, the Crown, at a separate trial, didn't feel it had the evidence it needed for a conviction after presenting its case and suggested the charges be dismissed.
Longard's co-accused in the Greenwich robbery, Deion Malik Brushett, 19, was convicted last month and is awaiting sentencing.
Fyfe had asked for a sentence of four to five years for Longard in the Grand Pre matter, while defence lawyer Zeb Brown suggested a term of about three years.
Longard was also ordered to pay $307 in restitution for the stolen cigarettes.