Ten-year weapons ban for Ni­a­gara Falls man

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local -

A 63-year-old man ar­rested in July af­ter lo­cal po­lice found a cache of weapons in­side a Ni­a­gara Falls home was warned to abide by the law in the fu­ture.

“You don’t have that many good years left to squan­der,” Judge Joseph Nadel told James Car­rier in On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines on Thurs­day.

The Ni­a­gara Falls man was ar­rested in July af­ter a fe­male ac­quain­tance called 911 to re­port she had been as­saulted.

Dur­ing the course of an ar­gu­ment, court was told, Car­rier had pulled on the woman’s tongue, caus­ing a lac­er­a­tion.

When Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice ar­rived, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered 11 firearms in­clud­ing two shot­guns, as well as 350 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion.

Car­rier pleaded guilty to sev­eral charges in­clud­ing as­sault and care­less stor­age of a firearm at an ear­lier date and ap­peared in court Thurs­day for sen­tenc­ing.

He was sen­tenced to time served — hav­ing spent the equiv­a­lent of a six-month jail term in pre­trial cus­tody — and placed on pro­ba­tion for two years and banned from hav­ing any firearms or am­mu­ni­tion in his posses­sion for the next 10 years.

“This has been quite a sober­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Mr. Car­rier,” de­fence lawyer V.J. Singh told the judge.

“The re­al­ity is, we have a good man who loses his way when he drinks.”

The judge agreed.

“This was an in­ci­dent fu­elled by the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol,” Nadel said.

“Al­co­hol, anger and weaponry are a very dan­ger­ous, volatile mix.”

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