A former Baysville man who sent threatening videos of himself firing a sawed-off shotgun recently had his day in court.
Appearing virtually in a Bracebridge courtroom, Benjamin Jones, 21, formerly of Lake of Bays Township, pleaded guilty to threatening and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Court heard that on Sept. 15, 2020, Jones and a second man went to another person’s house uninvited and were asked to leave. A physical confrontation ensued and Jones and the other man warned the owner of the house that they had “real guns,” court heard.
Sometime later Jones sent a text message to the victim saying he was going to “shoot his place up.” Jones also sent a video to the victim’s girlfriend of him firing what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun.
The threats were reported and a warrant was obtained to search Jones’ residence in Lake of Bays Township. Inside police found a sawed-off shotgun stored in a suitcase in Jones’ bedroom.
The police determined Jones had no license, the gun was stolen, a prohibited firearm and it was being stored illegally.
Jones was sentenced to 60 days of house arrest.
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