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Prisoner given more jail time for home invasion

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A young man with an already lengthy criminal record will be spending more time behind bars.

Brook McCargar, 26, was given an additional 22 month-sentence this morning for a violent home invasion at a North End home in January 2009.

McCargar pleaded guilty to a charge of break and enter and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Court was told McCargar and three other people decided to rob a man they believed to be a drug dealer and take his stash and any valuables.

While a fourth man waited in a car, McCargar and two others forced their way into the Selkirk Avenue home at night, all three armed with sawed off shotguns and wearing masks because their target knew who they were.

There were several people in the home at the time, all who were high and had been doing methamphetamines for several days leading up to the robbery. A child was also in the home.

McCargar’s accomplices beat the drug dealer, who managed to fight back against his attackers. At one point, someone’s shotgun was discharged into a television. No one was hurt.

McCargar and his accomplices fled but were arrested two days later.

Witness statements that implicated McCargar came from the wheel man and another woman who claimed she overheard the four planning the robbery.

Crown prosecutor Keith Eyrickson said the case was extremely weak with no strong evidence, adding a conviction was unlikely until McCargar pleaded guilty.

McCargar had been in custody since his arrest in January 2009. While in custody, he assaulted a corrections officers in February 2010 and was given a 41-month sentence for that offence.

Eyrickson and defence counsel Gisele Champagne presented the court with a joint recommendation for a total sentence of 4 years, but because of credit for the 13-months served before assaulting the corrections officer, McCargar will serve out 22 months.

Justice Shawn Greenberg said McCargar will serve his remaining 22 months after he’s finished serving the 41-month sentence.

Eyrickson said McCargar’s criminal record dates back to 2002, when he was a youth, and includes convictions for theft, assault, robbery, possessing stolen goods and escaping custody.

Champagne said McCargar is ready to turn his life around, adding that he received his Grade 12 equivalency while waiting for these charges to be brought forward.

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