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Kamloops man gets two years jail for arson, extortion charges

June 09, 2017 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man has been handed a two-year jail sentence for a bizarre series of offences in downtown Kamloops last summer.

Leonard Joseph Cantin, born 1962, was charged with 11 offences last July including arson, extortion and unlawful confinement.

According to court documents, Cantin was sentenced on five of those charges last week and given a two-year sentence in a provincial facility.

Police said at the time that on July 26, 2016, Cantin was seen lighting fires around downtown Kamloops either in or near buildings in a time period of about two and a half hours.

A short time later, he went into a business. United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo executive director Danalee Baker told iNFOnews.ca in August that three of the employees were blocked in the boardroom after the man asked to speak with them.

He demanded $500, but police arrived a short time later and arrested Cantin. Baker said it wasn't a violent incident.

Cantin was also sentenced to time-served for breaching his bail conditions.

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