Red Deer man admits to being "willfully blind" to stolen property

By Leanne Murray (Twitter: @DriveNewsLeanne)
February 15, 2017 - 11:33am

A Red Deer man who faced a long list of firearm and stolen property-related offences will be sentenced in April after pleading guilty to several charges.
 
Riley James Mittlestadt, 40, was arrested in January 2016 after the Priority Crimes Task Force seized several firearms and stolen snowmobiles from a property north of Red Deer.
 
Blackfalds RCMP laid 55 charges against Mittlestadt and he pleaded guilty to about a dozen counts in Red Deer court Tuesday, forgoing the need for a trial. 17 victims had attended court to testify.
 
Mittlestadt admitted to being in possession of the stolen snowmobiles and several firearms. His lawyer, Brian Hurley of Edmonton, told court Mittlestadt was "willfully blind" to his property being used as a dumping ground for stolen goods.
 
"[The accused] provided a very convenient, no questions asked location to keep stolen property," said Hurley.
 
Mittlestadt will be sentenced on April 25.
 
Sheri-Lynn Kathleen Koch, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property in connection to the case and was sentenced to 30 days jail, to be served on weekends.
 
Robert Allan Brown, 30, was also accused in the case and was previously sentenced to 75 days in jail for possession of stolen property.
 

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