Man gets suspended sentence for armed standoff

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Jerry Ell pleaded guilty to three counts of assault in the Nunavut Court of Justice on Wednesday last week.

The charges date back to an armed standoff with police in late October 2004, which caused the white rowhousing area of Iqaluit to be evacuated for six hours.

Ell’s lawyer struck a plea bargain with the Crown, where a sexual assault charge was lowered to simple assault. Ell pleaded guilty to that, and two other standing assault charges.

Charges of resisting arrest, disarming a peace officer and unsafe storage of a firearm were dropped.

He will serve a suspended sentence with one year of probation. Conditions include abstaining from alcohol or other intoxicating drugs. He isn’t allowed to keep firearms at home, but they can be stored outside his residence for hunting purposes. Ell currently lives in Rankin Inlet.

Ell held a series of high-profile jobs in the past, most recently as executive director of the Nunavut Economic Forum. He is also a past president of the Qikiqtaaluk Corp., and has tried unsuccessfully to get elected to the legislative assembly, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and the Baffin Regional Inuit Association.

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