A man sentenced to a significant prison sentence does not appear in court
NORTH BATTLEFORD – A man who will be sentenced to a “significant prison term” failed to appear for his sentencing hearing Tuesday morning in North Battleford Magistrates Court.
Kurt Miller, 40, was due to be sentenced on January 25, but defense Robert Dick had asked that it be postponed until February 22 and Federal Crown Kirsten Janis did not object to the adjournment. Miller’s sentencing was later set for February 22.
The Crown and the defense had reached a joint submission and a long period of incarceration is expected. Dick told the court by telephone on Jan. 25 that Crown had consented to Miller being released in December on bail so he could get his affairs in order before being sent to jail.
Miller was arrested in May 2020 during a traffic stop in Regina. The following day, the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit raided Miller’s rural home in the Rural Municipality of Glenside, 27 kilometers north of Biggar, and arrested Mitch Hutchinson. , 49 years.
Following the traffic stop by Regina police, Miller was charged with drug trafficking offences. He was also charged with possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and breach of probation. After a search of the rural property, Miller was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 and 16 firearms charges.
In May 2021, Hutchinson was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was charged with 18 offenses and pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded prohibited firearm and possession of a loaded firearm with ammunition. He also pleaded guilty to four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, GHB, LSD and methamphetamine.
When police surrounded the rural property during the drug seizure, an officer was shot dead. Hutchinson admitted shooting an officer, but said it was dark, he couldn’t see, and he thought it was a coyote. The officer was immediately treated for minor injuries. Hutchinson surrendered shortly thereafter. Hutchinson sold drugs and it was his job to protect the rural home owned by Miller, the court heard.
At the scene, police seized methamphetamine, fentanyl, GHB, Xanax pills and LSD. They also seized numerous weapons, including a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double-barreled shotgun, a used anti-tank weapon, a revolver and body armor. They also found $16,080 in Canadian currency, money counters, medicine wrappers, eight cell phones, computers and tablets.