Merritt man gets time served for pointing weapon

A Merritt man who pointed a loaded rifle at an acquaintance during a get-together in a Nicola Valley motel room was released from jail on Monday after pleading guilty to three charges.

Tyler James Collins pleaded guilty to one count each of pointing a firearm and possessing a firearm for a dangerous purpose, as well as an unrelated assault charge.

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Court heard Collins, 34, was among a group in a suite at the Ranchland Motel in Merritt on Jan. 27 when he pointed a loaded rifle at another man.

Police later found the weapon in the motel room in which Collins was living.

Collins was sentenced to time served.

He will be bound by a probation order for 18 months with conditions barring him from having any contact with the man at whom he pointed the gun.

Collins was also ordered to submit a sample of his DNA to a national criminal database and will be bound by a firearms ban for 10 years.

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