A North Dakota college student looking for some extra spending money admits he made a "stupid'' decision to smuggle nearly two dozen high-powered guns into Winnipeg.
Curtis Rolle, 20, stood solemnly before a U.S. federal judge Monday to admit his role in an international drug and weapons operation.
He was sentenced to 366 days in jail and three years probation under a plea deal that rewarded him for co-operating with justice officials.
Rolle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
He is the second of three accused to be sentenced.
We discussed this case before when Rolle's partner Thomas Scher received the same sentence. The ringleader of the conspiracy, Gokhan Ozturk, 24, a Winnipeg resident, will be sentenced in October.
What's your opinion? Do you think the two younger boys, who actually did the gun running and turned the weapons over to Ozturk, were sentenced appropriately? I think so, although I find a one-year sentence surprisingly light considering they not only moved 22 guns into Canada, but were sometimes paid in ecstasy tablets and had become drug dealers back home.
Assuming it's not too late already for these two 20-year-olds, this kind of light sentence could prove to be a turning point in their lives. Longer sentences tend to make young criminals worse not better upon release, at least that's my opinion.
Shouldn't the gun shops and pawn shops be held responsible for selling so many guns to young boys like this? Do you think they bought the 22 guns in 22 different locations? Don't they have to be 21 to buy guns anyway?
What do you think? Do you think 90% of the illegal guns in Canada come from the U.S.? Poor Canada doesn't have all the other sources that Mexico has, they have to rely on their southern neighbor. What do you think?
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