Corey Hurren will have to wait a few weeks before hearing his conviction for storming the gates of Rideau Hall with loaded guns and several rounds of ammunition last summer.
Justice Robert Wadden heard submissions from the Crown and the defense today but said he was unable to render a ruling today.
Wadden will render his decision on March 10.
The prosecution is calling for a six-year prison sentence, less time served, and a gun ban for life.
Crown attorney Meaghan Cunningham said the maximum sentence for some of the charges was 10 years. She said she was weighing Hurren’s guilty plea and the fact that the only mark on his criminal history dates back to 1999 and is unrelated to recent charges.
Hurren’s attorney, Michael Davies, is seeking a three-year sentence, less a year for his pre-trial detention.
Hurren, a 46-year-old reservist, pleaded guilty earlier this month to seven weapons-related counts, including possession of firearms “for a purpose dangerous to the public peace.”
He also pleaded guilty to a mischief charge for intentionally causing $ 100,000 in damage to the door of Rideau Hall on July 2.
According to the agreed statement of facts read in the courtroom after Hurren’s plea, he wanted to arrest Trudeau for the federal government’s restrictions on COVID-19 and his ban on assault-type firearms.
He told officers that day that he wanted to make a statement to the prime minister by introducing himself at one of his daily press briefings. He said he hoped his actions would be a “wake-up call” and a “turning point”.
In his brief, Cunningham said Hurren violated the symbols of government and democracy in Canada to make a political statement.
“No responsible democracy can tolerate this,” she said. “For this reason, in my opinion, a significant prison sentence is required for the court to send a message that those who put the lives of Canadians at risk by carrying loaded firearms in a confrontation intended to send a political message will pay. a heavy price. price indeed. “
Cunningham said that while there is no evidence that Hurren wanted to shoot or kill Trudeau, his actions were “far from trivial” as the events of the day could have ended in a shootout with police.
She also explained how Hurren made deliberate decisions to arm himself with five guns, several cartridges and a knife before crossing provincial lines to confront the premier, who was not at home that day. -the.
In his own submissions, Davies urged the judge to stick to the charges and facts before him.
“Mr. Hurren should be condemned for what he did. He is not here to cure the ills of a society,” he replied.
‘He laid down his arms:’ defense
Davies said that as a Canadian Ranger and owner of a small business, Hurren has contributed to society. He said his client’s life began to fall apart when he lost his job and his plight was made worse by isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A doctor’s report cited by the Crown and the defense indicated that Hurren was suffering from profound depression at the time.
Davies said his client made a series of bad decisions on his way to Ottawa with an arsenal of guns, but said the judge should consider Hurren to have made at least one good decision.
“In the end, he made the correct decision – the decision to lay down these weapons,” Davies told the court.
“I am not here to say that you should be commended for this decision … but if he is to be held accountable for his decisions, and he should be, your honor must also take into consideration that in the end account, at the end of the day, he laid down his arms. “
Wadden gave Hurren the opportunity to address the court, but he refused.
Originally, the Manitoba resident faced 21 charges of weapons and one of uttering threats against the Prime Minister.
Hurren had five barrels with him: a loaded Lakefield Mossberg shotgun, a loaded Grizzly Arms shotgun, a restricted Hi-Standard revolver, a forbidden M14 rifle, and a forbidden International Arms housebreaking pistol with him.