Bowden Institution won’t comment on worker who faced weapons charges

Bowden Institution officials are being tight-lipped over whether an employee of the federal prison kept his job after pleading guilty to various firearm and restricted weapon offences.

Bowden Institution officials are being tight-lipped over whether an employee of the federal prison kept his job after pleading guilty to various firearm and restricted weapon offences.

Dan Spiller, assistant warden for management services at Bowden Institution, provided little comment on Ryan Norman who was in court last week regarding firearms charges.

“As that is a civil matter, the institution has officially no comment on that,” Spiller said on Friday.

Norman, a 13-year-employee at Bowden, was fined more than $3,000 after police found a cache of assorted firearms and other weapons in his vehicle in May.

Ryan Norman, 38, a correctional services officer for Bowden Institution, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court last Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of contravening regulations made under the Firearms Act respecting the storage, handling, transportation, of firearms and restricted weapons and was fined $500 for each of those counts.

He was also fined $500 on each of three counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm. Norman was further fined $500 for altering, defacing or removing a serial number on a firearm.

Norman was placed on 12 months probation and fined a total of $3,450 including surcharges.

Court heard that Norman was stopped by police with various firearms in his vehicle, some of which seemed improperly secured.

He had been coming back from a shooting range when the incident occurred on May 21 near Innisfail. Also seized were pepper spray, firearm magazines and a electroshock gun known as a Taser.