Man who sold guns to Mil­lard sen­tenced to 11 years in prison

The Hamilton Spectator - - WORLD & CANADA - BETSY POW­ELL Toronto Star

A judge has sen­tenced Matthew Ward-Jack­son, the man who sold guns to Dellen Mil­lard, to 11 years in prison, say­ing he falls into the cat­e­gory of “one of the worst firearms of­fend­ers.”

The 30-year-old Toronto man pleaded guilty last year to traf­fick­ing three sep­a­rate firearms to Mil­lard in 2012 as well as pos­sess­ing an AK 47 au­to­matic ri­fle.

Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice Jane Kelly gave Ward-Jack­son six years, 15 days credit for pre­trial cus­tody plus a one year, four month re­duc­tion for his “harsh experience” in the Toronto South De­ten­tion Cen­tre, in­clud­ing 488 days of lock­down. This leaves Ward-Jack­son with an­other three years, seven months and two weeks left to serve.

Prose­cu­tors were ask­ing that he re­ceive a 13-year sen­tence while de­fence ar­gued an ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence would be about sev­e­nand-a-half years.

Kelly said she found sev­eral ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tors when reach­ing her de­ci­sion, in­clud­ing Ward-Jack­son’s 2009 con­vic­tion for pos­sess­ing a firearm, for which he re­ceived a 3.5year sen­tence.

An­other ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor is the fact Ward-Jack­son sold Mil­lard a Walther PPK 9 mm hand­gun that was used to mur­der Tim Bosma on May 6, 2013. Mil­lard and his friend Mark Smich were found guilty of killing the An­caster man in 2016.

He also sold Mil­lard a .32 cal­i­bre Smith & Wes­son re­volver which was found next to Wayne Mil­lard, who died Nov. 29, 2012, from a gun­shot wound to his left eye. The death was ini­tially ruled a sui­cide, but Mil­lard is now charged with first-de­gree mur­der in his fa­ther’s death. In De­cem­ber, Mil­lard and Smich were con­victed of killing Laura Bab­cock.

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