Walmart firebug sentenced for drug possession

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Nathan Colin Whynot has been sentenced for drug possession charges dating back to February 2019 in Mackenzie.

The 23 year-old will spend 10 months more in jail for three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, six months for obstructing a peace officer, and one month for possession of a controlled substance.

Whynot was also given time served for possessing a firearm without a licence or registration, and occupying a vehicle knowing a firearm was present. Two years of probation was given for all of the charges committed in Mackenzie.

Whynot remains in custody and is scheduled to appear on Nov. 4 in Dawson Creek for sentencing concerning arson at the Dawson Creek Walmart, causing a $1.38 million dollar fire. A pre-sentence report and psychiatric report are both expected at his next court appearance.

In October 2020, Whynot attempted to plead guilty to the arson, firing his lawyer in the process.

Hon. David St. Pierre struck the plea from the record at the time, noting Whynot showed little remorse and no responsibility for the crime, attempting to expedite the court proceedings. He pleaded guilty a second time in March 2021, with the courts accepting it.

tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News

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