Man sen­tenced fol­low­ing freez­ing crime spree

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The.Drumheller.Mail

A man, who, after a crime spree on a freez­ing De­cem­ber night was flushed out of a field east of Drumheller, was given an 18-month global sen­tence. Ryan King ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21.He pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty over $5,000, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of ri­fles and firearms and break and en­ter. Fu­eled by drugs on De­cem­ber 29 and 30 of last year, King went on a spree in Eastern Al­berta.

Hanna RCMP re­ceived a report of a break and en­ter in the early evening of De­cem­ber 29. While enroute, they learned the sus­pect fled in a pick-up truck stolen ear­lier that evening in Bas­sano. The truck was also the sub­ject of an al­leged gas and dash near Youngstown.

In the early hours of De­cem­ber 30, po­lice lo­cated the ve- hi­cle north­east of Drumheller aban­doned in a field. It was re­ported to have con­tained stolen firearms.

At about 4 a.m., Po­lice used a ca­nine unit, which lo­cated King hid­ing. By then, in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, he was suf­fer­ing from frost­bite and was in­jured by the dog that dis­cov­ered him. He was taken to the Hanna Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

King, 29 has been in cus­tody since the in­ci­dent. His de­fense said he was abus­ing drugs on the evening in ques­tion and does not have rec­ol­lec­tion of the events. Just months be­fore this hap­pened he was re­leased from jail on charges of as­sault with a weapon, break and en­ter and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

He was handed a 18-month global sen­tence, and given credit for 15 months pre­cus­tody, leav­ing 90 days to be served. This is fol­lowed by nine months pro­ba­tion.

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