Judge asked to consider police, public risk factors in Saskatoon standoff case

SASKATOON — A Crown prosecutor says a man convicted of firing a homemade shotgun during a standoff with police near a downtown Saskatoon hotel was putting both officers and the public at risk.

Todd Wellsch put forward the argument Wednesday at a sentencing hearing for Michael Arcand, who was convicted in February of assault with a weapon but found not guilty of attempted murder in the September 2017 daytime confrontation.

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Arcand's trial heard that police told the 35-year-old accused several times to put down his weapon.

Electronic stun guns and bean bag rounds were used before he suffered a bullet wound and dog bites prior to his arrest.

The Crown wants a sentence of eight to 10 years, while the defence is seeking imprisonment in the range of six to seven years.

A ruling from Court of Queen's Bench Justice Jeff Kalmakoff is expected May 24.

Cellphone video of the standoff that was shot by numerous bystanders shows police telling Arcand several times to put down his homemade weapon.

Toxicology tests showed Arcand had methamphetamine in his system.

Wellsch and defence lawyer Brent Little told court there are significant Gladue factors to consider in this case.

Gladue refers to a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision which said judges must take note of systemic or background factors when determining a sentence for Indigenous offenders in order to address their "serious overrepresentation'' in prison.

Little said his client is remorseful and Arcand told the court he was sorry for the confrontation. (CTV Saskatoon)

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