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Case against Silver Creek man Curtis Sagmoen will go to Supreme Court

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January 11, 2018 - 11:19 AM

VERNON - A Silver Creek man accused of threatening a woman with a gun has requested his case be heard in Supreme Court.

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 37, appeared in Vernon court this morning, Jan. 11, by video conference. Lawyer Nick Jacob, appearing on behalf of Sagmoen’s defence counsel Lisa Jean Helps, said Sagmoen wants to proceed to Supreme Court, with his case heard by judge alone.

Lawyers also asked for a two-day preliminary inquiry — used to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial — to be scheduled for Sagmoen’s threats with a firearm case.

Sagmoen has not entered any pleas with respect to the charges. That’s expected to happen after the preliminary inquiry, and pending the results of that inquiry.

Sagmoen, who wore a red sweatshirt and had his arms crossed during the brief appearance today, is charged with disguising face with intent to commit an offence, intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless, uttering threats, careless use or storage of a firearm and possessing weapon for a dangerous purpose, all dated Aug. 27. He’s also charged with possession of methamphetamine dated Sept. 5. No additional charges have been laid against him. 

Sagmoen resided at 2290 Salmon River Rd. in the rural community of Silver Creek where an intense, three-week police search unfolded in late October and early November of 2017. The remains of missing Vernon teen Traci Genereaux were discovered on the property, and the investigation into her suspicious death is ongoing. Police completed their search of the property on Nov. 9, however investigators returned to the general area in following weeks.

Sagmoen’s current charges pertain to an alleged incident which prompted a warning from the RCMP for the general public, and specifically women in the sex trade. Police said in a September press release that a woman was threatened by a man with a gun in the Salmon River Road area after arranging a meeting with the man on a website used by escorts and sex trade workers.

Sagmoen returns to court by video conference on Jan. 26 for a bail hearing and to fix another date.

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