Community service for illegal firearms possession

Darryl Kenneth Dowd, 25, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing two restricted firearms without a licence or registration.

Dowd forfeited his rights to a trial and pleaded guilty before a provincial judge on Feb. 25. He was issued a suspended sentence with a one-year probation order, and 20 hours of community service.

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The 20 hours will be served at the local SPCA and must be completed by October 25, 2020. Dowd is also required to report to a probation officer until the community service hours have been completed.

The charges stem from a March 18, 2018, incident in which RCMP seized an unsecured SKS rifle and a shotgun from a local residence. Dowd's lawyer, Jeremy Fung, confirmed Dowd did not possess a valid firearms licence. The firearms have been forfeited as a condition of the court-ordered terms.

Dowd has a prior record, having been found guilty of possession of stolen property over $5,000 in 2016, driving with a suspended licence in 2018, and breaching probation in 2018.

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