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Gary Arnold sentenced to 13 years in prison

Hinchinbrooke resident Gary Arnold has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the 2020 kidnapping of a couple from upstate New York.

Superior Court Justice Michel Pennou delivered the sentence on April 17. Considering time already served, Arnold will spend nine years, two months, and six days in prison.

The Crown was seeking a 17-year sentence for Arnold, who was found guilty by a jury in February of five charges, including kidnapping, extortion, and conspiracy to kidnap.

Arnold’s trial heard he was part of a plot to abduct James and Sandra Helm of Moira, N.Y., in connection with what the Crown says was a botched drug deal involving their grandson.

The defence had been seeking 10 years in prison for Arnold, who argued he had acted under threats and did not know anything about a kidnap plot. (Canadian Press)

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