N.L. man accused of threatening politicians during election guilty of two charges

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A Newfoundland and Labrador man accused of threatening politicians and trying to stop the recent provincial election has been found guilty of dangerous driving and fleeing police.

Judge Kymil Howe delivered her verdict today to George Brake, 67, in a Corner Brook, N.L., courtroom and will give her sentencing decision May 21.

RCMP arrested Brake in January in Deer Lake, N.L., and said he had 36 knives in his truck and was threatening to execute politicians to stop the provincial election, results of which were reported March 27.

Police charged Brake with six crimes, including possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace and uttering threats to cause death.

Crown prosecutor Trina Simms says her office withdrew those two charges last month because there was no likelihood of conviction; two other firearms charges were dismissed by the judge.

Simms says her office is asking that Brake be sentenced to time served plus probation, with discretionary driving and firearms prohibitions, while the defence is asking for time served.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021.

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