A Quinte West man has been sentenced to three years in jail, but will serve closer to two years with credit for time served, after leading police on a four day manhunt through the region last summer.
Richard Vader was sentenced at the Quinte Courthouse this (Thursday) morning, after pleading guilty to 19 of the 34 charges against him earlier this year.
Vader, whose charges included assault, uttering death threats, break and enter and others, gave an apology in court to everyone affected by his crimes including the victims, police and general public.
He told court that “he had fallen head over heels in love with a young woman and her daughter” and had “struggled to contain his emotions”, leading up to the incident.
He has also been handed three years probation, a lifetime weapons ban, cannot contact the assault victim without her consent and must stay away from the homes where the incidents took place.
An application has been made for Vader to serve time at the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton, where he can receive counseling for substance abuse and other issues.