Violent home invasion nets 10 years in jail

Kenneth Chudley was among five men involved in a 2010 grow rip in Mission that resulted in a man being shot three times.

Kenneth Chudley

A local man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a violent home invasion in 2010.

Kenneth William Chudley, 26, was previously convicted of use of a firearm in a robbery, assault with a bat, break and enter, and unlawful confinement.

He also pleaded guilty to escape from lawful custody, for fleeing from the Abbotsford courthouse after his conviction in December 2011. He was apprehended later that day, and was treated for puncture wounds from a police dog.

According to court documents, Chudley was one of five men who stormed into a rural residence in Mission on Dec. 14, 2010. As they burst in, the home owner tried to fend them off with a spear.

The man was then shot three times in both legs with a .32 calibre pistol  and was struck with a bat.

The assailants then duct-taped his hands, feet and mouth and demanded the location of money and a safe. They also wanted to know the location of marijuana plants.

The men left with firearms, Christmas presents, marijuana plants and $2,300 cash.

Fingerprints on the duct tape linked Chudley to the crime.

In his reasons for sentence in Abbotsford provincial court, Judge B.G. Hoy referenced Chudley’s 25 prior convictions for crimes such as dangerous driving, trafficking, assault, robbery, possession of counterfeit money and possession of stolen property.

His most recent significant offence, prior to the home invasion, was for trafficking, weapons and robbery. He received a 13-month sentence and was granted statutory release in December 2008, but was returned to prison six months later when he violated his conditions.

He had been out of jail for about 18 months at the time of the grow rip.

Hoy said the home invasion was a “well-planned, co-ordinated effort” and it was by luck that the victim was not killed or more seriously injured.

“The violence which occurred must be firmly addressed, regardless of the victim’s own illegal conduct; otherwise, society’s social order stands the risk of unravelling into lawlessness,” Hoy stated.

Crown counsel had been seeking a jail term of seven to nine years, while was seeking five to six years.

 

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