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Sentencing in drug haul case

A 33-year-old man facing drug and gun charges in Penticton and numerous criminal charges from Hanna and Calgary, Alberta was sentenced on Monday.

Kid Broadhead, who has been in custody since his arrest last August, will spend 44.7 months more behind bars.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Gregory Koturbash said the mitigating factors were he is remorseful and has taken positive steps in jail.

Prior to the sentencing, defence lawyer Kate Lundman described Broadhead as a product of a teen single mother, who later committed suicide.

He has had problems with drug addiction, was beaten up by fellow inmates while in custody and suffers from other medical problems.

Speaking on his own behalf, Broadhead said he had been living a stable life for six years, up until recent years when the suicide of a girlfriend, took him back to his mother's suicide.

Then, he claimed, there was a snowball effect, from hanging out and getting high with the wrong people.

He admitted feeling like a considerable loser, and having low self esteem, because in some instances, he can't even remember the details of what he did.

Now, he can honestly say he has been sober and clean for the last eight months. He lastly apologized for taking up the court's time and that he has talents that will prove in the future to be beneficial to the community.

Broadhead, along with a 32-year-old woman, were arrested at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in August, when RCMP officers located and recovered a stolen Dodge pickup truck that was taken from Okanagan Falls.

Upon arresting him, officers seized various quantities of crystal methamphetamine, ketamine, Oxycontin, drug trafficking paraphernalia, a black pellet gun and a .22 calibre handgun.

The charges from Alberta were for robbery, fraud and a break and enter at a car dealership.

In concluding the sentencing, Koturbash told the accused he truly hoped he was sincere about turning things around.

Broadhead responded that he absolutely, 100 per cent planned to do that.

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