This was the scene of a collision between a stolen truck and a school bus near Springbrook on Jan. 22. (File photo contributed by RCMP)

Red Deer man sentenced in carjacking

Sentenced to four years in prison

A Red Deer man charged in connection to a school bus collision and an armed robbery was sentenced to four years in prison.

On Jan. 22, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a head-on crash between a flatbed truck and a school bus with several children on board.

After the collision, the truck driver got out of the vehicle and brandished a handgun at a passerby who stopped to offer assistance. He then drove off in the passerby’s vehicle.

Neither the passerby or any school bus occupants were physically injured in the incident.

Related:

Carjacking victim would stop to help again

Jason William Ionson, 38, was recently sentenced to a prison term of four years, less eight months credit for pre-trial custody. He was also given a lifetime firearm prohibition and a four-year driving prohibition.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of property over $5,000, dangerous operation of a vehicle, and failing to stop after an accident.

Charges of assault with a weapon, committing an offence with an imitation firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon were all withdrawn.



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