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Kamloops man with violent, alcohol-infused past denied bail

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June 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man with a violent history, including holding up a pizza delivery driver, has been denied bail after firing shots near his mother's home on Kootenay Way.

Colton Mathias will remain behind bars for the foreseeable future, Judge Stephen Harrison said in Kamloops Provincial Court yesterday, June 13.

At the bail hearing, Crown prosecutor Joel Gold offered information obtained by police, which is untested information and not considered evidence.

He said in April, Mathias and his girlfriend Monique Flukinger went to the home of Stacey Wiehe, Mathias' ex-partner, for a birthday party. They arrived to the pary extremely intoxicated, Gold said.

Mathias passed out on the couch when he got there and when he awoke, he picked a fight with Wiehe's new boyfriend Anthony Plettl. Gold said witnesses recalled Plettl "laying Mathias out." 

Mathias and Flukinger left, and went back to his mother's home on Kootenay Way. Mathias came back outside with a shotgun telling Flukinger to pop the trunk and that he wanted to go back to Wiehe's house. When Flukinger refused, Mathias tried to break the window with the gun. Mathias fired two shots toward the house, which violated a weapons prohibition put in place after he was sentenced to nearly three years behind bars in 2010, Gold said.

Flukinger got out of the car and took a cab back to Wiehe's. Mathias said his gun was jammed and he would go into town to fix it.

Mathias went to his friend's house where, Gold says, he threatened to commit suicide. His friend took the gun away and police arrived at the residence to arrest Mathias, Gold said.

Mathias is expected to be sentenced later this week. The Crown is seeking a sentence of four years.

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