Judge scolds young criminal

A judge told a young man Monday that his future will be one of “sitting in a cage” unless he gets help for his addictions.

A judge told a young man Monday that his future will be one of “sitting in a cage” unless he gets help for his addictions.

Brandon Wallner, who just turned 20, was jailed for eight months, satisfied by more than four months of pre-trial custody, when he pleaded guilty to nine charges in provincial court.

Several other charges were withdrawn by the Crown in exchange for the guilty pleas.

Wallner, however, remains in custody. He’s being held on breaching conditions on other outstanding charges.

He has separate trials set for April 12 and April 28 next year on two assault with a weapon charges and a single assault charge.

The guilty pleas included three mischief offences for breaking into vehicles last April in the Oak Street area of Oriole Park.

He also pleaded guilty to four breaching court orders, failing to appear for fingerprinting and a theft.

Defence lawyer Patty MacNaughton said her client had been doing well since his latest conviction but his substance abuse problems took over and he went on a spree.

Judge Jim MItchell said he was all too familiar with Wallner from his younger days.

“What do you expect the courts to do until you get your problems under control?

“You will just sit in a cage, man. I’ve told you that before.

“It’s a tragedy. You’re just throwing your life away,” Mitchell told the accused.

MacNaughton said placing Wallner on more probation “is just setting him up” for further court breaches.

“He has to work it out on his own without a probation officer prodding him,” MacNaughton said.

In fact, Wallner is still on probation following an earlier conviction.

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