Thirteen months to the day after he first broke into the Holiday Inn Express in Hinton and stole a television, Tyler Schooley did it again.
“He stole another TV from the same hotel,” Crown attorney David Clifton said during Schooley’s sentencing in Jasper court last week on two separate break-and-enter charges.
Clifton told the court that the first break-in happened on July 17, 2010, when Schooley entered a hotel room that he didn’t have permission to be in and stole a television set. Then, on Aug. 17, 2011, he broke into the hotel’s fitness centre, entering through a window, to steal another TV.
In between those two dates, Schooley racked up several other charges, including breaching a condition prohibiting him from possessing alcohol.
Court heard that at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2010, Schooley was found with alcohol after police received a complaint of a man yelling loudly while walking down a street in Hinton.
“He had a full can of Molson beer, five empties and a small bottle of vodka,” Clifton said.
“I was in possession of alcohol that day,” Schooley admitted to the judge. “But I wasn’t actually drinking.”
He also told the court that he has been doing his best to comply with his release conditions after numerous previous arrests.
“I’ve been trying my hardest,” Schooley said. “I’ve been doing the programs they’ve asked. I have been completing them.”
Judge Vaughn Myers made note of these comments, but ultimately decided it wasn’t enough for Schooley to avoid jail time.
“Your criminal record has 31 entries in it,” Myers said to Schooley. “That’s huge for a young man.”
The judge agreed with a joint submission from the Crown and defence counsel and sentenced Schooley to eight months in jail for all the charges, less 48 days already served.
“I wish you the best of luck, sir,” Myers said as Schooley was escorted from the court.