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Crown wants 10-year sentence for 2012 carjacking attempt

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The Crown is seeking a 10-year prison sentence for a Winnipeg man convicted of the attempted carjacking of a stranger he happened to spot sitting in a parked vehicle.

Terrence Hanska, 24, was found guilty earlier this year of several charges including robbery with a firearm, pointing a firearm and uttering threats.

He was acquitted of a more serious charge of attempted murder. He returned to court Thursday for his sentencing hearing.

Hanska faces a mandatory five-year minimum under federal sentencing guidelines. The Crown says that should be doubled given the shocking nature of his crime. Defence lawyer Martin Glazer called that request "overkill" and asked for 51/2 years behind bars.

Queen's Bench Justice Chris Martin reserved his verdict until Sept. 12.

Hanska attacked the 56-year-old man in the 1900 block of William Avenue West in May 2012.

The victim was sitting inside his truck, and Hanska used a hammer to smash the window. He pulled out a handgun and allegedly pulled the trigger -- but the weapon didn't discharge.

The victim reported hearing a clicking sound that formed the basis of the attempted murder charge.

Hanska testified in his own defence and claimed the gun wasn't loaded and he never tried to fire it. A firearms expert also testified the noise could have been any number of the gun's components that don't involve pulling the trigger.

The victim fled and had no major physical injuries.

Hanska was arrested later that night with help from the police helicopter. He was spotted hiding in a yard. He has been in custody ever since.

Hanska still faces another set of serious criminal charges -- including attempted murder -- for a home invasion that allegedly occurred hours before the attempted carjacking.

www.mikeoncrime.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2014 B2

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