A Red Deer man who was investigated for dangerous driving has been sentenced to five years in prison on weapons, drugs and driving offences.
Saleem Mike El-Majzoub, 28, was arrested in Sylvan Lake in the fall of 2012 by RCMP seeking a suspect from a dangerous driving incident in Red Deer on Sept. 13 of that year.
El-Majzoub originally pleaded not guilty and asked to be tried in the Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on 14 offences.
They include two counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, three counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of possessing drugs for trafficking, one count of possessing the proceeds of crime and two traffic tickets — one for failing to stop for police and one for failing to hold a valid driver’s licence.
Scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 30, El-Majzoub changed his plea to guilty on Aug. 2 on a lesser number of charges, including possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, possessing a prohibited firearm, possessing drugs for trafficking and evading police. He was given a global sentence of five years, including four years on the drug charge.
El-Majzoub was given 332 days credit for the time he spent in custody awaiting trial.