Shooter sentenced to nine years

Vernon man one of three people involved in Polson Park shooting in 2014

Justice Peter J. Rogers has sentenced a Vernon man to nine years in jail for his part in a shooting in Vernon’s Polson Park.

Jacob Daniel Lowes, born in 1985, was found guilty of four firearms-related charges, one count of assault causing bodily harm and two breaches of conditions in connection with a shooting in the park in August 2014.

Lowes was given some credit for time already served in custody. He was also handed a lifetime firearms prohibition and must provide a DNA sample. Rogers’ decision was handed down in Supreme Court in Vernon Friday.

Police responded after reports of shots fired in the park and at a nearby motel where a robbery was believed to have taken place.

Suspended sentence

A Vernon man will not serve any jail time in connection with an arson case.

James Karl Iverson, born in 1993, pleaded guilty in March to charges of arson by negligence and criminal negligence causing bodily harm relating to a fire on Aug. 14, 2015 at an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Okanagan Avenue.

Iverson was given suspended sentences on both counts and was placed on three years probation. He must also pay a victim surcharge.

Three other arson-related counts were stayed.

The fire was confirmed by Vernon-N0rth Okanagan RCMP to have been triggered by an explosion from a marijuana extraction lab. The blaze was contained to one apartment.

Two men suffered significant injuries in the fire.

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