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Two years in prison for accused in Kamloops Christmas Eve party gone wrong

June 07, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man will spend more than two years in prison for his role in a bizarre case of extortion.

David Jeffrey Tremblay was one of four people charged with offences relating to a 2016 Christmas Eve party in Kamloops which resulted in one man staying in a home for days against his will.

According to a recent decision by Kamloops Supreme Court judge Dev Dley, Tremblay will spend 26 months in jail after counsel agreed to a joint submission. Crown prosecutor Chris Balison says Tremblay was sentenced for a charge of extortion.

Federal Crown prosecutor Anthony Varesi says Tremblay was also sentenced for possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl and heroin.

The details of the offences weren't made public online, but one of Tremblay's co-accused in the case, Steven Gardner, was sentenced for his role in the incident last month.

During that sentencing hearing, Balison told the court that the victim in the case, Sean Michael Redenbach, had been temporarily released from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre while serving an intermittent sentence.

He met with Tremblay and Gardner at a bus depot on Christmas Eve and the group decided to go to a house party. During Gardner's hearing, Balison referred to the house as a "crack shack."

At first, Redenbach went there willingly, but he ended up staying against his will until Dec. 28, court heard. He said he felt like there was no safe way for him to leave.

Balison told the court every time Redenbach tried to leave or speak up he was assaulted.

Gardner pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to seven months in jail.

There are still outstanding charges for two other accused in the case, Brad John Hartling and Taylor Dawn Chamings.

Tremblay must also give a sample of his DNA and he's prohibited from possessing any weapons or firearms for 10 years.

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