A mixed martial arts champion from the Richmond area was sentenced Thursday in P.E.I. Supreme Court to two years in a federal correctional facility on a charge of break, enter and theft.
The sentence was imposed in the case of Richard Joseph Arsenault.
Arsenault was further sentenced to five months in custody for drug possession.
The two sentences will run concurrently.
Upon his release from custody Arsenault will spend two years on probation, during which time he is to undergo assessment, counseling and treatment for any underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.
Arsenault, who has enjoyed a good deal of success in mixed martial arts events in the region, was charged with break, enter and theft in connection with a break into a house in Charlottetown in January. He entered the residence through an unlocked door, took some water and left the house.
The court was told that Arsenault was dehydrated at the time and under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.
The drug possession charge was laid after Richard was found in possession of a large quantity of pills that were found to contain methamphetamine.
It was noted that since the commission of this offence Richard has had no further involvement in the use of drugs, has made positive changes to his life and expressed genuine remorse for his actions.
Campbell said Richard had entered the residence while under the influence of an unlawful substance.
He said as well that if Richard had been confronted by the homeowner during the commission of this offence the homeowner could have suffered serious bodily harm given Arsenault’s level of skill in mixed martial arts.
He noted that Richard had a criminal record with 29 prior convictions, 16 of them for property related offences, including break, enter and theft.