March 21, 2014 - 7:33 PM
KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops man has been sentenced to 4 months in jail for packing a 9 mm handgun replica in the city’s downtown earlier this month.
Dale Regan Olseko, 36, was found guilty of possessing a pellet gun while prohibited, possessing crystal meth and breaching his probation.
On March 6, RCMP were told by a tipster the accused had a gun in the waistband of his pants and planned to rob a man who allegedly owned him money.
The court heard when police arrived with their lights and sirens on, Olesko ran.
Police gave chase and caught him outside the Frick and Frack nightclub.
They found crystal meth, a meth pipe, a hunting knife and the replica handgun in his possession.
This wasn’t Oleska’s only run-in with the law.
“He has essentially lived at the (Kamloops Regional Corrections Centre), for the last five to six years,” defense lawyer Ken Sommerfeld said, explaining Olesko has a troubled past and is making an effort to change.
Sommerfeld told Justice Chris Cleaveley, Olesko has several brain injuries, including one obtained in an assault, which almost killed him.
Upon his last release Sommerfeld said Olesko made a release plan, sought psychological help and had stayed away from meth.
Olesko’s efforts fell apart when his girlfriend kicked him out. Without a place to live, he began reverting back to his old ways, according to Sommerfeld.
He was high on meth at the time of arrest and had not slept for days.
Cleaveley believed Olesko to be a risk to society and determined the best place for him was jail.
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