Canadian News Mar 10, 2021 3:24 PM EST

Man who broke into Rideau Hall grounds with gun to be sentenced

The man claims that he sought to arrest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his government's response to coronavirus, as well as for recent gun control rules Trudeau implemented through an order in council.

Man who broke into Rideau Hall grounds with gun to be sentenced
Noah David Alter Toronto
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A Manitoba man who rammed the gates of Rideau Hall before attempting to enter the hall's residences with a firearm is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday, The Canadian Press reports.

Corey Hurren, 46, attempted to walk on foot into the prime minister's office after driving into the fence last July. The military reservist and sausage-maker faces 21 weapons-related charges and one count of threatening the Prime Minister.

The man claims that he sought to arrest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his government's response to coronavirus, as well as for recent gun control rules Trudeau implemented through an order in council.

Hurren pleaded guilty to seven charges related to weapons and one charge of mischief last month.

Prosecutors have requested that Hurren receive a six-year prison sentence as well as a ban on firearm ownership for life, arguing that he is a threat to public safety.

The defense, however, has argued that while Hurren made a series of bad choices, he ultimately decided to put the gun down, which was a correct choice. His lawyer also argued that while Hurren is a hardworking person, he was led down a bad path by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting depression.

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