Windsor Park man’s arsenal worth six years behind bars: Crown

A man from Windsor Park, who had dozens of restricted and banned firearms and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in his home, was sentenced to six years in prison, prosecutors argued Tuesday.

Andrew Michel Krywonizka, 42, has pleaded guilty to six weapons-related charges. Another 90 charges, including tampering with a firearm’s serial number and possession of body armor without permission, were withheld by the Crown.

According to an agreed statement of fact submitted to the court on Tuesday, Krywonizka was brought to the attention of the Canadian Border Protection Agency in August 2019 after agents intercepted a package containing a gun silencer that was sent to a mailbox associated with his company, Gryphon Energetics , was addressed. a maker of exploding targets.

In 2002, Krywonizka attempted to import high-speed magazines for an AK-47 and an AR15, but these were intercepted by Border Guard, who warned Krywonizka that the articles were illegal.

“Due to concerns about public safety and the type of equipment Krywonizka had attempted to import in the past,” Winnipeg Police secured an arrest warrant “to seize firearms that would otherwise have been legally possessed,” said Crown Attorney Mike Desautels in court from the agreed factual statement.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Tactical Support Team, the Firearms Investigation and Enforcement Unit, and the Gang Unit carried out search warrants at Krywonizka, resulting in the confiscation of 79 firearms, including several submachine guns and an AK-47 assault rifle.

Among the confiscated weapons were three banned handguns registered with Kryvonitska’s father, Michael Krywonitska, a retired city police officer who lived next door.

Other weapons seized included a submachine gun registered by a collector who had reported it as “deactivated” and firearms that had been illegally modified or had their serial numbers removed.

Krywonizka had a valid possession and acquisition license to purchase and possess restricted and unrestricted firearms, but could only own prohibited weapons if he had inherited them or through the “grandfather clause,” the court heard.

“I have no problem” with the agreed-upon fact-finding, Krywonizka told provincial court judge Ray Wyant before filing his guilty plea.

Krywonizka will be sentenced at a later date. At that point, a more detailed account of the facts will be presented to the court. Defense attorney Richard Wolson told the court he would recommend Krywonizka to sentence two years less per day and remain under house arrest.

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