A Surrey judge sent two men to federal prison this week for their role in a brutal home invasion.
The court heard that Troy Morgan, 42, used a crowbar and Warren Bamberry, 24, used pepper spray on their victims - a couple and their 16-year-old son - after booting in their front door and demanding cash.
Surrey provincial court Judge Peder Gulbransen heard that Morgan was the leader. Both men pleaded guilty to break-and-enter with intent to commit robbery, unlawful confinement, concealing their face with a mask during the crime, and assault with a weapon.
Gulbransen sentenced Morgan to seven years in prison minus nine months for time already served. Crown prosecutor Winston Sayson had argued for a sentence in the 8.5 to 9.5 years range, noting Morgan already had a "significant" criminal record. Morgan's defence argued for a five-year sentence, plus dead-time credit.
Bamberry was on bail for another crime when the vicious robbery was committed. Gulbransen sentenced him to six years, less nine months for time served. The Crown had argued for seven to eight years and the defence, four to five.