Man involved in crimes sentenced to probation

THE FATHER in a father-son duo charged with a host of charges after one man was threatened, another had his bike stolen and police closed the highway after shots were fired near his residence pleaded guilty to two charges has been sentenced.

Kevin Patrick Albert, 54, changed his plea to guilty on charges of mischief $5,000 or under and theft $5,000 or under before Judge Agnes Krantz in provincial court Feb. 22.

He will spend eight months on probation and must have no contact with the two victims, must not be within 100 metres of their residences or any other place where they are and must take counselling as directed by his probation officer.

He was granted six days time served for time he spent in jail before his bail hearing.

On Oct. 31, 2010, a man reported to police that Albert and his son had threatened his life while banging on his door with what looked like clubs, court heard on an earlier date.

Another man reported that the two men had stolen his bike that same day.

Police spotted Albert’s truck, followed it back to Albert’s property along Hwy 16, and staked out the place overnight, believing that the two men had firearms. Police wanted to approach them cautiously to avoid any safety issues.

The highway was closed as a safety precaution for nearly 20 hours, and traffic rerouted along the Cranberry Connector, after shots were fired.

It was later determined that the shots likely came from hunters in the area.

Albert was arrested along with his son Nov. 1 on his property.

Charges of uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose were stayed by the court.

His son, Kurtis Albert, was sentenced earlier to a jail term.


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