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Trio found guilty in violent home invasion
November 6, 2013

Trio found guilty in violent home invasion

Mississauga News

BRAMPTON — Three men who ransacked an Erindale home looking for drugs, threatening a mother of two at gunpoint and shooting her son, have been found guilty of robbery and firearm-related charges.

This afternoon in Brampton court, the woman came face to face with three of the four men who invaded her home on the afternoon of Aug. 24, 2011, telling them they changed her life for the worst.

She used to be a fearless and confident woman, but she now lives in constant fear, she said in delivering her victim impact statement.

"You have no value for human life," the woman, whom The News isn't identifying due to safety concerns, said to the trio, who were sitting in a prisoner box some seven feet away. "If you did, you wouldn't be going around with a gun. Guns are for one thing: hurting people. In the end, you shot and wounded my son. I could've lost a child to gun violence. If he didn't jump, he would be dead."

David Mills, 26, of Mississauga, Howard Hylton, 27, of Brampton, and Triston Dennis, 28, of Toronto, were recently found guilty by a jury of several charges in connection with the incident including robbery, wearing a disguise with intent to commit robbery and aggravated assault.

The men were in court Tuesday for their sentencing hearing before Superior Court Justice Leonard Ricchetti.

Crown prosecutor David D'Iorio is expected to ask for jail sentences for all three men.

Larry Dennis, 34, also of Toronto, who shot and wounded the woman's son, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to seven years in jail.

The woman, 60, breaking down in tears, said the men used stares and other intimidation tactics to keep her from moving as they ransacked the home looking for drugs.

They didn't find any. The woman said no one in her home uses or sells drugs.

"I have never been so scared in all my life," she told court. "When they entered my home, it was like I was having an out-of-body experience."

She said she was excited earlier that day, as her daughter was to come over for a late lunch.

But that all changed in seconds.

"You three men have caused me mental stress that has caused me to have sleepless nights," she said. "I hope you young men seeing the face of a victim will change your ways."

The woman's son was asleep when he awoke to find armed intruders in his Deer Run home. The 36-year-old father of two was shot in the leg as he fought with the intruders.

In a victim impact statement read in court Tuesday, he said he won't accept an apology from the men and doesn't believe they are remorseful.

"I don't trust anyone," he said in his statement, read into the court record by the Crown.

He added in his statement that he now locks and bolts his bedroom door every night before he goes to bed. He suffers from post-traumatic stress and his two children, who are in their mother's care most of the time, aren't allowed to visit anymore.

Court heard the four culprits were after drugs and cash during the brazen daylight robbery that unfolded inside the two-storey home.

Peel Regional Police said it was about 12:30 p.m. when a group of men shot the victim as he confronted them.

The home and the victim were targeted, Det. Earl Scott said.

The woman said there were contractors working on the home when the home invasion occurred. The intruders grabbed cash that was left on the table and then threatened her before heading upstairs to find her son.

"I was asleep and I woke up with a gun in my face and a voice saying 'where are the drugs,'" the man recalled. "There were no drugs in the house."

He struggled with the men. When he realized one of them was about to shoot, he jumped over his desk in a bid to dodge the bullet, but was hit in the leg.

He said he was driven to hospital by a family member. His injuries have kept him off work and he's unable to play sports or do much physical activity.

After the shooting, the culprits fled in a car. When police tried to pull over the getaway vehicle near Creditview Rd. and Rathburn Rd. W., the occupants bailed out and ran. They were arrested shortly after.

The men will be sentenced at a later date. 

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