A man who pleaded guilty to arson after targeting a family linked to the Justice Institute of B.C. has been sentenced to two years probation plus time served.
It was more than four years ago that a Surrey family awoke to find a fire on their doorstep, ignited by a homemade device built from a gas can and a bear-banger.
While fifty-six year old Thurman Taffe didn’t place the device, he has pleaded guilty to hiring several men to leave it at the home, allegedly part of an intimidation campaign by a man suffering from mental delusions.
That man, Vincent Cheung, was sentenced to thirteen years in prison last month, for a string of attacks on people connected to the Justice Institute.
Taffe, who had no criminal record, was believed likely to escape jail time.
The crown was initially seeking two years probation with credit for time served.
Today, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that while Taffe had no criminal record, or intent to hurt anyone, his actions could have led to loss of life.
He was given 1.5 days credit for the nearly one year served in prison, along with two years in prison, and is banned from contacting the victims or the alleged arsonists.
No word yet on charges for the men who planted the device.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Taffe would serve 17 moths jail time. The 17 months were credited to Taffe for time served. CKNW regrets the confusion.
17 months jail time for Thurman Taffe, man who pleaded guilty of contracting single arson in Justice Institute attacks.— Simon Little (@simonplittle) August 22, 2016
Taffe acted as middle man, hired people to plant incendiary device at Surrey home of family connected to Justice Institute— Simon Little (@simonplittle) August 22, 2016