A West Coast man threatened to blow the heads of two men

CORNER BROOK, NL — A West Coast man who threatened to kill two men suspected of selling drugs to a family member has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Kerry Scott King recently pleaded guilty to careless storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats, possession of a firearm without licence, theft, failure to comply with a demand for a breathalyzer and driving a motor vehicle while prohibited. He was sentenced in Corner Brook Provincial Court on July 13.

The gun incident happened on April 16 when King, 55, drove to a neighborhood in Halfway Point where the two men lived.

He was drunk at the time and got out of his truck and threatened to kill the men. He said he had a gun and would “blow their heads off”.

He fired the gun in the air, then left.

When he was arrested later that day, police found an unsecured gun at his home. The gun did not have a trigger lock and was not the one he fired at Halfway Point.

King did not have a firearms license and the firearm was seized.

King has had a drinking problem for many years and although he admits to having committed the acts for which he was accused and has expressed regret and remorse for his actions, the author of a pre-sentence report has said he was also rationalizing his behavior.

He said he was going to make an example of his victims and scare them. He said he had no intention of shooting anyone.

The report also notes that King is a repeat offender.

In his written decision, Judge Wayne Gorman said the offense involving the use of a firearm is a serious crime and could have resulted in the death of anyone in the area at the time.

“I understand Mr. King’s motivation, but that doesn’t take away from his moral culpability,” Gorman said. “Mr. King could have achieved his objective by leaving the area after threatening the men. There was no need to endanger the public by discharging the gun.

Other offenses King has been charged with include stealing a bottle of liquor from a convenience store in Halfway Point on February 27, 2021, stealing $573.42 worth of groceries from Dominion in Corner Brook on June 28, 2022 and refusal to provide a sample. of his breath and driving a vehicle while prohibited on July 17, 2021. In this case, police, while responding to a complaint from an intoxicated driver, found King sitting in the driver’s seat. driver of a motor vehicle parked in the middle of a street in Corner Ruisseau.


“I understand Mr. King’s motivation, but that does not take away his moral culpability. Mr. King could have achieved his goal by leaving the scene after threatening the men. There was no need to endanger the public by discharging the firearm.
Judge Wayne Gorman


Gorman sentenced King to 12 months in prison for possession of a firearm for a dangerous purpose, two months for careless storage of a firearm, one month for possession of a firearm without a license, two months for threatening to kill one of the men and five months for failing to comply with a breath test for a total of 22 months, the sentences to be served consecutively.

He also sentenced him to two months for threatening to kill the other man, one month for driving while prohibited, seven days for the theft from the convenience store and 14 days for the theft from the grocery store, all to be served in same time as 22 months.

His sentence was reduced by 132 days on the basis of a day and a half credit for the 88 days spent in custody before his conviction. At the end of his sentence, King will be placed on probation for 12 months. He is subject to a 10-year gun ban and must submit a sample of his DNA in court. The firearm seized from his home was forfeited to the Crown.

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