Man sentenced in fake gun dispute

  • Mar. 8, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A MAN who used a replica handgun in a domestic dispute and had an explosive in his possession late last year was sentenced to time served and probation.

Matthew Janzen was given time credited for 90 days spent in jail since his arrest Dec. 15, 2010 and will spent one year on probation with conditions.

On Dec. 14, 2010, around 5:30 p.m., a man used a handgun to try to force his ex-common law spouse into a vehicle, she resisted and he left when he noticed bystanders watching them at his ex’s Kalum St. residence, police said at that time.

Officers recovered a replica handgun at the scene on Kalum St. and found the man’s vehicle at his Larch St. residence, said police.

The Emergency Response Team was called but found that the suspect had already left his residence, said police.

Officers discovered a small explosive device at the man’s residence and called in the Explosive Disposal Unit from Vancouver to take care of it and said there was no danger to the public.

Police caught the suspect Dec. 15.

Terrace RCMP spokesperson at the time Cpl. Sean Hall said that a replica firearm used in an offence is counted as a real firearm.

Janzen will also have to forfeit items police had seized.

He will also have to pay a victim fine surcharge of $50 by June and be under a firearms prohibition for 10 years.

Charges of using an imitation firearm, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, assault with a weapon and unlawful confinement or imprisonment were stayed.