Gang associate sentenced to four years for possession of illegal firearms

A variety of firearms were seized during an investigation into gang-associate Vincent Lewis Timpany last year.
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KELOWNA - A Kelowna man with alleged gang ties was sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty to multiple firearms-related offenses last week.

According to a press release, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. were told in December 2013 that 42-year-old Vincent Lewis Timpany had a number of illegal guns, magazines and weapons in his possession. A search warrant was executed at Timpany's home in the 500 block of Yates Avenue in Kelowna. Items found include a 9mm Glock handgun, a .38 calibre Smith and Wesson handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, and three over-capacity magazines.

Police say Timpany is a long-time gang associate and allied with the Independent Soldiers. He has a lengthy criminal record dating back to the early 1990s for violence, drugs, firearms, property and driving related offenses. At the time of the arrest he was prohibited from possessing guns and ammunition.

Timpany pleaded guilty to five of 16 offenses, including possession of a restricted firearm, for which he was prohibited.

The special forces unit worked in cooperation with the Kelowna RCMP, Southeast District Emergency Response Team, the RCMP Southeast District Criminal Intelligence Service to bring Timpany to make the arrest.

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