May sentencing date set in Ponoka kidnapping

Sentencing has been set for early May for the man who abducted a prominent Ponoka businessman last fall.

Sentencing has been set for early May for the man who abducted a prominent Ponoka businessman last fall.

Larry Hugh McClelland, 50, pleaded guilty earlier this year to numerous charges in relation to the abduction at gunpoint of 56-year-old Blair Vold in the driveway of his rural home near Morningside on Sept. 15.

McClelland was arrested Sept. 21 on charges of unlawful confinement, using a firearm in the commission of an indictable offence, possession of a restricted firearm, extortion, pointing a firearm, and uttering threats.

He pleaded guilty on Feb. 28 to kidnapping, extortion and unlawful use of a firearm.

A sentence hearing on those charges has been set for Wetaskiwin provincial court on May 23.

His lawyer and the Crown prosecutor will speak to the remaining charges on that day.

McClelland remains in custody awaiting the May 23 hearing.

On the day of the abduction, Vold, an auctioneer, was taken by gunpoint outside his home by a lone man, tied up and blindfolded, and then driven to a Lacombe bank.

While his abductor tried to use Vold’s credit card at the bank’s ATM, Vold managed to escape from the vehicle he was in. He pulled his blindfold off, bolted to a nearby gas station and called 911.

Soon after, police began looking for a suspect, using good quality photos taken at the bank ATM.

The kidnapper demanded $300,000. Blair Vold’s father Ralph said at the time that no money was ever exchanged.

The entire ordeal lasted about two hours.

The Volds are well-known Ponoka family, who have been in the livestock auction and cattle business for more than century.

Just Posted

Portion of Red Deer’s 43 Street closed due to localized flooding

A portion of 43 Street in Red Deer was closed Saturday morning… Continue reading

WATCH: On 4—20 Day in Red Deer, marijuana users say legal weed a long time coming

Not wanting to wait for the federal government to legalize recreational marijuana,… Continue reading

Former Central Alberta MLA appealing fine for not protecting a list of 20,000 electors

List included names and addresses of voters in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Proposed Alberta legislation would protect consumers

Alberta Utilities Commission would be given power to penalize natural gas and electricity providers

Red Deer beginning two major construction projects

Ross Street’s 1935-era water main to be replaced and 67th Street roundabout landscaped

WATCH: Red Deer RCMP and Emergency Services play for Humboldt

Red Deer police officers and firefighters laced up their skates to raise… Continue reading

After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again

Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth to attend pop concert for 92nd birthday

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth is marking her 92nd birthday with a Saturday… Continue reading

‘Such a great person:’ Funeral being held for assistant coach with Broncos

STRASBOURG, Sask. — Mark Cross was a ferocious competitor when he played… Continue reading

Police looking for missing Innisfail woman

Police are asking the public to help find a 54-year-old Innisfail woman… Continue reading

Hellebuyck makes 30 saves, Jets beat Wild in Game 5 to advance to Round 2

WINNIPEG — Bryan Little’s teammates were happy they could deliver something special… Continue reading

Red Deer College wins Community Inclusion Award

Red Deer College is an inclusive institution, and it has an award… Continue reading

Firefighters rescue cat from ice floe in river

WINNIPEG — Firefighters are known for helping cats stuck in trees, but… Continue reading

Doctors warn of cannabis risks for pregnant or breastfeeding users

OTTAWA — The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month