Gun thief put away
He gets 5.5 years for helping to steal eight handguns from Sudbury home last year
After a delay of more than a year, Vincent Bury has been sentenced for stealing eight handguns from a Sudbury home in 2016.
Ontario Court Justice Andrew Buttazzoni, who had reserved his decision following a Sept. 1 sentencing hearing, gave Bury a fiveand-a-half year jail term.
Since Bury, 20, had been in custody for 20 months, he received pre-custody credit of 30 months. As a result, he has three years left to serve.
Buttazzoni also issued a lifetime weapons ban and ordered Bury to provide a genetic sample to the national DNA databank.
The sentence was not far off the six-year sentence, minus precustody credit, the Crown had sought.
Legal Aid Acting Supervisor John Saftic, who represented Bury as an “amicus” or friend of the court, had argued for a sentence in the range of three-and-a-half to four-anda-half years, minus pre-custody credit.
The case had been before the courts for some time. On May 11, 2016, Bury, who was facing more than 40 charges, pleaded guilty to seven, including: carrying a concealed weapon; possession of a loaded restricted
firearm without a licence;
possession of a restricted firearm (six handguns) with readily available ammunition, without a licence;
break and enter with intent to steal;
possession of a restricted weapon while prohibited;
breach of undertaking for contacting someone or being at a residence while ordered not to; and
breach of probation. A co-accused, Alex Lalonde, then 20, pleaded guilty to the same charges. On Aug. 9, 2016, Lalonde was sentenced to six years and six months in jail. With enhanced credit for time already served at the Sudbury Jail, much of it in segregation due to lockdowns, Lalonde had another five years and seven months left to serve.
On May 11, 2016, another coaccused, Samantha Pennington, 19, received a six-month house arrest sentence, one-year probation and a five-year weapons ban after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm (six handguns) without a licence.
A fourth person in the case, Kyla Bourcier, 18, who was dating Bury at the time and is Lalonde’s sister, pleaded guilty May 4, 2016, to possession of a firearm without a licence. She received a sixmonth conditional sentence and six months’ probation.
Charges were dropped against a fifth person.
As for Bury, after entering his guilty pleas, he tried to have them withdrawn and sought a trial, arguing he was ill informed, did not understand what he was pleading to and told by his first lawyer what to do.
Buttazzoni, however, dismissed Bury’s motion.
Bury is the last of the five people to be dealt with in the courts concerning the theft and recovery of eight stolen handguns, many of them loaded, in January 2016.
The court heard that sometime from 11 p.m. Jan. 11 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12, 2016, Lalonde and Bury broke into a detached garage at a South Bay Road residence and then got into a back room.
They stole eight handguns, ammunition cases and ammunition.
About 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2016, Lalonde and Bury were passengers in a car Greater Sudbury Police officers investigating the theft had stopped.
Two handguns were recovered. A loaded Glock handgun was found in the waistband of Lalonde’s pants, while another loaded handgun was hidden between the backseats near Bury.
A search warrant was then executed at Lalonde’s residence on Hearne Avenue. Officers found the six remaining stolen handguns, ammunition and gun cases, which were scattered throughout the home, including in a kids’ bedroom. Three of the handguns were loaded.
Bourcier and Pennington, who did not have proper firearms licences, had been cleaning that day and knew Lalonde and Bury brought the firearms and ammunition there.