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Man sentenced to six years for firing semi-automatic handgun at passing car

Nov 08 2011

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for firing a semiautomatic handgun at least four times at a passing car on Balmoral Road.

Corey Wade Seymour appeared by video link in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday to hear Justice Lynn Smith sentence him on three charges in relation to the events of Aug. 9, 2010.

Normally, prisoners appear in person for sentencing, but Seymour remained at Surrey Regional Correctional Centre out of concern for his safety should he travel to Victoria.

On Sept. 13, 2011, Smith found Seymour guilty of firing a gun with intent to endanger life, which carries a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, plus other weaponsrelated charges.

No one was hurt, but one bullet narrowly missed a woman who was standing near a window in her home. Seymour had obtained the restricted, unregistered weapon to protect himself as he carried out business in the drug trade.

He fired the weapon at a vehicle carrying people he believed he had reason to fear, said Smith.

Seymour was born in Langley and was raised in a dysfunctional family until he left at age 13 to make his own way. He was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, which was a factor that cut short his schooling.

He has a lengthy criminal record but no crimes involving violence, Smith said. Aggravating factors included Seymour's criminal history, which has been continuous since 2008. At the time of the offence, he was under two court orders prohibiting him from possessing weapons. He was on probation at the time, Smith added.

He fired the handgun at least four times and left the loaded weapon under a hedge, "putting a large amount of people at risk," Smith said. His possession of the handgun indicates he planned for something to happen, she added.

Seymour will get a deduction of nine months from his sentence due to time spent in custody awaiting trial.

smcculloch@timescolonist.com

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