Convicted Gun Smuggler Gets 3-1/2 Years in Lethbridge Court
LETHBRIDGE: 47-year old Bjorn Patrik Sjostrom is heading to prison for the next 3-and-a-half years after trying to smuggle a number of guns into Canada at the Coutts border crossing in August of 2010.
December 7th of last year Sjostrom was found guilty at trial of trying to bring 11-firearms, including handguns and automatic rifles, into the country. He claimed that his wife hadn't taken them out of their travel trailer before he left, and that he didn't realize they were there. A judge rejected the arguement but released Sjostrom on bail leading up to a sentencing hearing, with a condition that he not leave Alberta.
Six months of Sjostrom's sentence comes from a breach of those release conditions. Around the end of January of this year Sjostrom was pulled over for speeding by police in Ontario. He provided a fake name to police, however they discovered his true identity and placed him under arrest. Police then found that Sjostrom had changed his name and was going to Ottawa to pick up an emergency Swedish passport, so he could escape the country before being sentenced.
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12/6/2013 2:07:51 PM
Source: Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles on Twitter)-- Country 95 News