Vernon robbery suspect sentenced to prison

A Vernon man will have more than a year in jail to contemplate his robbery of a local gas station.

A Vernon man will have more than a year in jail to contemplate his robbery of a local gas station.

Johnathan Michael McKinnon, 25, was sentenced to 404 days in jail in Vernon Provincial Court Wednesday for robbing the Super Save Gas Station on 27th Street in April.

A suspect entered the store shortly before 9 p.m. on April 4, produced a knife and demanded cash from the till. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and was seen leaving the store in a northbound, then westbound direction.

Police issued a video surveillance photo of the suspect the next morning and, thanks to public tips, apprehended a suspect the following afternoon.

A knife was discovered by police near the gas station, but they could not confirm if it was the one used in the robbery.

Crown counsel entered a stay of proceedings on a charge of wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence against McKinnon.

The judge placed McKinnon on two years probation after he serves his sentence. He must also provide a DNA sample and he was given a 10-year firearms prohibition.