Jail sentence given on weapons and drugs matter

Supreme Court Justice sentences Ronald Charles Learning to six more years in prison

Crown counsel almost got its wish in relation to sentencing for a Vernon man in connection with a myriad of weapons- and drug-related charges.

Crown was seeking a seven-to-nine year sentence for Ronald Charles Learning, born in 1983. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Weatherill gave Learning a six-year jail sentence for 26 charges. The time is to be added to the nine years Learning is currently serving for being a courier in a drug operation out of Saskatchewan.

Learning’s lawyer had said prior to sentencing that another seven-to-nine years on top of the time Learning is already serving “is a harsh sentence for a 34-year-old with no criminal record in this province (B.C.).”

in 2015, a search warrant was executed at a Vernon home where four loaded handguns, more than $10,000 in cash and various types and amounts of prescription and non-prescription drugs were found and seized.

Weatherill also issued a mandatory lifetime firearms prohibition against Learning, and ordered him to provide a DNA sample.

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