A judge has sentenced a Surrey, B.C., man to seven years behind bars for a crime spree in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Shannon Stein was found guilty in June of robbing a tenant at a local motel, and on Monday also pleaded guilty to four separate incidents that occurred during the 10 days between the robbery and his arrest.
Court heard the 42-year-old broke into a car, stole a tablet from Whitehorse General Hospital, and bilked three men out of money and credit cards in exchange for cigarettes he did not provide.
Defence attorney Lynn MacDiamid argued that her client’s serious drug addiction fuelled the crimes.
Stein told the court his addiction stretched back to his teens, and he’d been clean before moving to the Yukon from B.C.
But his old habits, including stealing to support his addiction, soon returned, Stein said.
Crown prosecutor Keith Parkkari noted the man has a long criminal record, and had downplayed his role in the motel robbery.
Judge Donald Luther agreed, and said Stein’s persistent criminal activity made him ineligible for a more lenient sentence.
“You’re absolutely going to have to stop these criminal ways,” Luther said after delivering his decision on Tuesday.
“The sentences are only going to go up.”