Man sentenced following freezing crime spree
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.