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Curtis Sagmoen found guilty, walks free for time already served

Guilty, but walks free

UPDATE 2:48 p.m.

Emotions went from joy to dismay for a group of anti-violence against women protesters at the Curtis Sagmoen trial.

Led by advocate Jodi Leon, the group was buoyed when Sagmoen was found guilty of weapons and drug charges, but disheartened when he was released with time served.

Crown Counsel Juan O'Quinn and defence lawyer Lisa Helps filed a joint sentencing submission asking justice Alison Beames for a sentence of one year, 11 months and 29 days on three convictions.

Beames agreed to the submission and with three years and three months credit, meaning Sagmoen was allowed to walk free.

He will have a restrictive 35-month probationary period imposed.

By keeping the sentence under two years, the maximum allowable probation could be applied.

Among the lengthy bail conditions are, Sagmoen is not to have any contact in any capacity with anyone in the sex trade, he has to report to a probation officer, he must not have any contact with the complainant, he must provide his computer and phone passwords upon request, he cannot delete any of his browser history, he cannot own a firearm for 10 years, he will have to live on his parents' property on Salmon River Road and he must provide a DNA sample.

Leon was critical of several elements of the trial and outcome, saying more should have been done to assist the victim of the crime.

“I have seen stricter sentences and conditions given to people who were first-time offenders with less serious gravity (of a crime),” said Leon outside the Vernon court house.

Leon said police will have to keep a close eye on Sagmoen and ensure he abides by the bail conditions to ensure public safety.


UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.

Curtis Sagmoen walked away from the Vernon courthouse on Friday – despite being found guilty of firearm and drug charges.

Justice Alison Beames sentenced Sagmoen to two years less a day for an incident in which a sex trade worker was threatened with a gun.

However, because Sagmoen had the equivalent of three years time served for time already spent behind bars, he is a free man.

He will be on probation for three years.

But, that doesn't mean he's out of trouble.

Sagmoen also faces an assault charge that goes to court in February. He was granted bail on that charge Friday, so will be back out in public this afternoon.


ORIGINAL: 10:50 a.m.

Vernon's trial of the year has come to an end with Curtis Sagmoen being found guilty.

Despite extensive legal wrangling by defence lawyer Lisa Helps, Sagmoen was found guilty by Justice Alison Beames Friday in Vernon Supreme Court.

Sagmoen was found guilty of disguising his face with intent to commit an indictable offence, using a firearm during an offence, and possession of methamphetamine.

Sagmoen had been at the centre of legal proceedings for some time, with the latest conviction stemming from an incident in 2017 in which a sex trade worker said Sagmoen pointed a gun at her before shooting out the tire of her vehicle.

More details to come



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