Halifax man gets more than five years in prison for attempting abduction

Published on February 22, 2014

The Canadian Press - A Halifax area man has been handed a 5 1/2-year prison sentence for breaking into a south-end Halifax mansion in 2012 and trying to abduct the owner, a mining executive.

Twenty-year-old Aaron Patrick MacDonald pleaded guilty last month to four charges: break, enter and attempted abduction; break, enter and pointing a firearm; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and wearing a mask in the commission of an indictable offence.

MacDonald was sentenced Friday in Halifax provincial court.

Judge Michel Sherar adopted a joint recommendation from lawyers and gave MacDonald two years' credit for his remand time, leaving him with 3 1/2 years to serve.

MacDonald was masked, wearing dark clothing and carrying a gun when he confronted Brad Langille on the lower level of his Oakland Road home on the morning of Oct. 16, 2012.

Langille hit a panic button and got away from MacDonald, who dropped his weapon, a replica 9-mm handgun, as he fled the property.