Ontario man gets three-year prison term on drug, weapons charges

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A Toronto area man has received a three-year prison term for charges related to a February arrest at Amherst's train station.

AMHERST – A 24-year-old Mississauga, Ont. man is going to spend the next three years in prison after pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges relating to his arrest at Amherst’s train station in February.

Michael Benyamin appeared before Justice J.E. Scanlan in Amherst Supreme Court on July 4 and entered guilty pleas to seven charges while three others were dismissed,

He received a sentence of two years and 232 days for unlawful possession of a loaded firearm – a 40-calibre handgun; and received concurrent sentences of two years and 232 days for charges of carrying a prohibited firearm for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, breaching a recognizance order, possessing a restricted device – a cartridge magazine, possessing a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.

He received a one-year sentence, to be served consecutively, for possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Benyamin was given credit for 133 days he spent in custody since his arrest.

He was also ordered to provide a DNA sample and received a lifetime ban on owning or possessing firearms.

The incidents occurred Feb. 22, 2013 in Amherst.


Geographic location: AMHERST, Ontario, Mississauga

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