Nfld. & Labrador

Evan Fry guilty of break-in, armed robbery in Bay Roberts home invasion

Evan Fry and an accomplice broke into an elderly woman's home and demanded she take them to a bank machine so they could steal her money.

85-year-old victim refused to leave bed, drive intruders to ATM

Evan Fry, pictured here appearing via video link, was convicted of armed robbery, breaking and entering and breach of recognizance Thursday in provincial court. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

Evan Fry, one of two men arrested for breaking into a Bay Roberts home and robbing an elderly widow last spring, was convicted in provincial court Thursday morning.

Fry appeared in Harbour Grace court via video link, where he was convicted of armed robbery, breaking and entering and breach of recognizance.

During the early morning hours of May 9, 2015, Fry, 21, of Cupids, and Joshua Burton, 22, broke into a woman's home and demanded she take them to a bank machine so they could steal her money. One of them was wielding a knife. 

The 85-year-old refused to leave her bed, and the men eventually left with a suitcase of her belongings.

Fry's parents spoke to CBC News following Thursday's verdict and said their son had a drug problem at the time of the incident, which they said contributed to his criminal behaviour.

They added Fry is doing well in prison, and participating in whatever programs he can.

His parents also said there's a serious drug problem in the area, and their son is an example of the toll that can take.

Last September, Burton was sentenced to six years and four months by Judge Jacqueline Brazil.

Burton is said to have battled mental health and drug addiction issues for most of his life.

Judge Brazil is expected to sentence Fry on Sept. 22.

With files from Terry Roberts

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