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Robber gets 3 1/2 years in jail

A 28-year-old St. John’s man who held up a gas station last year has been given a 3 1/2-year jail term.

Ralph Driscoll Jr. is led out of provincial court in St. John's after he was sentenced today. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

Ralph Driscoll Jr. was sentenced today in provincial court. He was given 156 days’ credit for pre-trial custody, leaving about three years on his term.

He pleaded guilty to several charges, including armed robbery, break and enter, uttering threats, two counts of theft and numerous court breaches.

In handing down his decision, Judge Mike Madden said, “Mr. Driscoll is under the control of an addiction and as long as it continues, he will be an increasing risk to public.”

But Madden said Driscoll is far from a hopeless case.

“But without the commitment (to stay clean), he’s very much in danger of becoming one,” the judge added.

The robbery happened Oct. 20, 2014, at the Ultramar at 279 Portugal Cove Rd.

The thefts happened March 22 and March 24, 2014, at Sears.

With regard to the break-in, Madden pointed out that break-ins are considered serious because of the potential for violence.

The judge said he hoped Driscoll will take advantage of the programs offered at the federal level, as only he has the power to change his life.

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