Judge orders jail time after probation breach

Judge orders jail time after probation breach

Armstrong man’s conditional sentence will be finished behind bars

Two breaches of his probation has terminated a conditional sentence for an Armstrong man.

Now, Gary Roberts will serve the remainder of his sentence in jail.

Roberts, born in 1945, was given a conditional sentence of nine months for animal cruelty in March with four months of the sentence to be served under house arrest.

Court records indicate Roberts was charged with two breaches of his probation and, in Provincial Court in Vernon on Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to prison for the remainder of the sentence.

Roberts was found guilty on counts of causing pain/suffering and failing to provide necessaries for an animal in connection with an incident in December 2014.

More than 12 horses were seized at the time from an Armstrong home by the B.C. SPCA after they were found to be malnourished. The remainder of the horses on the property, numbering close to 100, were ordered to be sold at auction.

Roberts was banned from owning or caring for any animal for 20 years.

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