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