Lethbridge man sentenced to 15 months on gun smuggling charges

A Lethbridge man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for trying to smuggle guns from Montana. A trial for 26-year-old Shawn Aaron Locke was to begin Thursday.

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A Lethbridge man has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for trying to smuggle guns from Montana.

A trial for 26-year-old Shawn Aaron Locke was to begin Thursday.

But instead Locke pleaded guilty to possession of an unauthorized weapon, possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

Last March Locke was arrested in connection with an alleged gun-smuggling ring.

Two other Lethbridge residents were charged and pleaded guilty in Montana.

The Crown dropped other charges against Locke, including conspiracy to traffic firearms.