Sioux Lookout OPP Arrest Vincent Sakakeesic on Multiple Firearms Charges

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OPP Sioux Lookout

Routine patrol leads to the apprehension of a wanted individual carrying a concealed firearm

SIOUX LOOKOUT – On the afternoon of October 13, 2023, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers from the Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, while on general patrol, spotted a wanted individual, known to the authorities, traversing the area of Fifth Avenue South in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.

The ensuing interaction revealed that the individual was in possession of a firearm, leading to his immediate arrest. He was then transported to the Sioux Lookout OPP Detachment for further processing.

The accused, identified as Vincent Sakakeesic, a 27-year-old resident of Cat Lake First Nation, now faces a slew of charges under the Criminal Code. The charges include:

  1. Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  2. Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  3. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  4. Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  5. Carrying Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition in a Careless Manner
  6. Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  7. Failure to Comply with Undertaking

Understanding The Charges and Penalties

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, the charges and potential penalties upon conviction are as follows:

  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose: Individuals found guilty could face imprisonment for up to 10 years.
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon: Conviction could lead to a prison term of up to 5 years.
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm: A guilty verdict could result in imprisonment for up to 5 years.
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm: Convicted individuals could face a prison sentence of up to 5 years.
  • Carrying Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device, or Ammunition in a Careless Manner: Penalties can include imprisonment for up to 2 years.
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm: Conviction could lead to imprisonment for up to 10 years.
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking: This charge could result in a jail term, the duration of which may vary based on the circumstances surrounding the violation.

Sakakeesic is being held in custody and is scheduled for a court appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sioux Lookout on October 17, 2023.

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