Gerald Stanley who was back in court Monday received a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to improperly storing several firearms at his Biggar-area home.
Judge Bruce Bauer accepted a joint recommendation from Crown prosecutor Chris Browne and defence lawyer Scott Spencer at North Battleford Provincial Court.
Stanley, 56, faced two counts of improperly storing a firearm. Stanley was convicted of the one count after Crown withdrew the second due to a lack of evidence.
In addition to the fine, he received a 10-year weapons prohibition and forfeiture of the weapons involved — six firearms plus a BB gun and a revolver.
Browne said the joint submission was at the higher end of the sentencing range fine for the charge.
The charges stem from a police investigation following an August, 2016, incident in which Colten Boushie of Red Pheasant First Nation was fatally shot on Stanley's Biggar-area farmyard. After a jury trial, Stanley was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Boushie last February.
The firearms found to be improperly stored did not include the Tokarev semi-automatic pistol which fatally shot Boushie.
When Spencer addressed the court Monday he said the firearms found at Stanley's farmhouse was "not atypical of what you find in many rural homes."
He added the joint submission recommendation for the fine was within the range for improper storage involving less than 10 guns.
Spencer went on to say it was a "tragic and unique situation" which led to Boushie's death adding Stanley "wishes he never owned a gun.”
Security clearance was in effect inside the courthouse before court. A number of Boushie supporters also attended.
After the sentencing Monday, Boushie's brother Jace Baptiste spoke to the press outside the courthouse.
He said it was "pretty upsetting" to see Stanley again.
"To me Colten Boushie's life, my little brother, was worth $3,000," said Baptiste. "There is no justice here. My mom and some family members couldn't be here because they are at the United Nations talking about the case in New York City. So we had some family, friends show up, supporters. I'd like to thank everybody once again through this time. We have no closure. I don't think we'll ever get that closure. Apparently, you can get away with murder if you remain silent and have a lawyer."
On Twitter: @battlefordsNOW
SLGA critic says more pot supply needed to curb black market
Now that marijuana is legal, the product needs to be made available, says the opposition critic of...
READ MORE +
Nipawin man fed up with local crime
A Nipawin man claims the crime in his community is out of control, and he wants to do something...
READ MORE +
First cannabis sold in the Battlefords as prohibition ends
Over 30 people stood eagerly inline outside Fire & Flower Cannabis as passerby honked and...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.