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A former city council candidate received a 12-month conditional sentence Thursday after pleading guilty to an illegal arms transfer.
Ray Paul Ulasy, 51, who lost to Transcona Coun. Russ Wyatt in the 2014 election, was sentenced after pleading guilty to attempting to transfer firearms without authority.
The scheme, which was meant to exact revenge on someone Ulasy blamed for getting his son addicted to drugs, failed when an undercover police officer foiled the effort.
"I'm sorry for what I did," Ulasy told Justice Chris Martin of Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Thursday.
"I do understand what I did was against the law.
"I was consumed with the belief this guy had got my son into drugs."
Martin, who accepted a joint recommendation from Crown and defence counsel, called Ulasy's actions "a crazy scheme that nearly defies imagination."
Martin said Ulasy not only endangered himself, but also his family had the undercover agent turned out to be an actual criminal.
Ulasy was arrested as part of the RCMP's Project Distress.
More than a dozen people were arrested and charged with drug offences in December 2014.
But court was told while Ulasy wasn't one of the targets of the investigation, he became part of it when he was introduced to the undercover officer by one of the people being investigated.
Defence counsel Sheldon Pinx said because Ulasy was told the undercover officer had helped his son become addicted to drugs, he wanted to get back at him.
"His plan was eventually to turn a firearm over to the agent... And then call the police.
"I recognize this was bizarre."
Court was told Ulasy's son is no longer addicted.
Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.