Time served for loaded rifle threat

A 74 year old Ashcroft man is sentenced to time already served for pointing a loaded rifle at his ex-wife.

Ashcroft resident Gerald Richard Spooner, 74, was sentenced to 52 days in jail, which was time already served, after pleading guilty to pointing a firearm and uttering threats. Charges of assault with a weapon and careless use of a firearm were stayed.

On Oct. 3 police were called to a home on Old Cariboo Rd. by a 61 year old woman who reported that her intoxicated ex-husband had pointed a loaded rifle at her during the course of an argument. He also pointed it at her dog and at himself before finally putting it down without having fired it.

Spooner also received a six month conditional sentenced followed by a 12 month probation, under which he cannot have contact with the victim nor be within 500 meters of where she resides or works. Nor is he allowed to use drugs or alcohol or to be anywhere that liquor is sold. He was also prohibited from owning a firearm for three years.

Spooner was living in a trailer on his ex-wife’s property with her permission at the time of the incident. It is not expected that he will return to Ashcroft.