Alleged Kamloops gangster loses appeal and will serve 18-month sentence

Jason Robertson was sentenced last year after a judge found him guilty on five weapons- and property-related offences, as well as one count of identity theft

Jason Robertson is going back to jail.

Nearly five years after a series of residential raids led to a raft of charges against the alleged Kamloops gangster, the B.C. Court of Appeal revealed its decision on Tuesday, sending the 34-year-old to prison.

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Robertson was sentenced last year to 18 months behind bars after a judge found him guilty on five weapons- and property-related offences, as well as one count of identity theft.

Three days after his sentence, Robertson was granted bail pending his appeal and had been free since.

In May 2014, police raided three homes owned by Robertson.

Following the raids, Mounties took reporters to an evidence room at the Kamloops RCMP detachment and displayed dozens of firearms and electronics seized in the raids, as well as cash and drugs. Investigators said at the time the operation was gang-related and Hells Angels support decals were visible on some of the seized items.

Mounties announced more than 50 charges against Robertson and his wife, Sarah. Most of those allegations, including all of those against Sarah Robertson, were thrown out due to charter breaches and “over-seizure,” a judge ruled.

A three-judge B.C. Court of Appeal panel ruled on Tuesday that, though both Jason and Sarah Robertson’s rights were breached by police, the sentencing judge was not out of line in allowing Jason Robertson’s charges to remain before the court.

The bulk of Robertson’s 18-month prison sentence was for a conviction of possession of a stolen firearm, which carries a mandatory one-year sentence.

During Robertson’s sentencing in February 2018, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jeanne Watchuk ordered police to return 34 legally owned firearms seized by police during their search of Robertson’s home.

During proceedings in 2016, when defence lawyers challenged the methods used by police while executing their search warrant, surveillance footage from Robertson’s home played in court showing officers joking about leaving live ammunition in the family’s fireplace and seizing their passports to stop them from travelling.

One of the lead investigators later called the incident “straight humour.”

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