On March 22, 2012 a 20 year old Fraser Lake man plead guilty and was sentenced for possessing a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code.
The case dated back to July of 2011 when a conservation officer checked two men as they returned from fishing the Stellako River. During the fisheries check a sawed off .30-30 Winchester rifle was located behind the seat of their vehicle.
Initially the two occupants of the vehicle indicated that they had found the weapon and were planning to turn it over to police.
Further investigation revealed that the 20 year old male did own the rifle and had modified the barrel length. Cutting down the length of the gun barrel had created a prohibited weapon under the definition of the Criminal Code.
In a plea agreement with Crown prosecutors, Alexander Ault pled guilty and was fined $460 dollars and his rifle was forfeited to the Crown.
An additional fine of $115 was also issued for fishing in the Stellako River without a provincial classified waters angling licence. No charges were filed against the second youth.
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