Teneycke decision date set

The sentencing for one of the South Okanagan’s most notorious criminals will not take place until March.

Online court records show Ronald Teneycke is due back in Penticton court on March 15 to receive a decision from Judge Richard Hewson.

Crown prosecutors are trying to lock up Teneycke indefinitely with a dangerous offender designation. A multi-week hearing on the matter wrapped at the end of November.

Defence lawyer Michael Welsh did not dispute his client should be designated a dangerous offender, but argued a 10-12 year sentence and 5-7 years of probation would be more appropriate for Teneycke’s last crime spree.

In 2015 while out on an intermittent jail sentence, Teneycke robbed a gas station at gunpoint and shot a man that picked him up hitchhiking.

He has numerous previous violent convictions, including sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and uttering threats, in connection to the rape of an Okanagan teenager in 1993.

If the Crown is not granted an indefinite jail term, prosecutors told the judge Teneycke should get 24-28 years.

Teneycke is 55 and now suffers from lymphoma, hepatitis C, diabetes and gout.

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