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Crown appeals sentences in case where bodies were found in burned farmhouse



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  • CALGARY — The Crown is appealing sentences handed to two Alberta men convicted of murdering a family whose bodies were found in the charred remains of their home.

    Notice of the appeals, filed Monday in Calgary, claim the sentences for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years were “demonstrably unfit.”

    The Crown had argued that the two men deserved the maximum of 75 years without hope of parole for what the prosecution called a contract killing of sorts.

    The bodies of Klaus’s father, Gordon, and sister, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse in central Alberta in December 2013.

    His mother Sandra’s body was never found but police believe she also died in the house.

    In January, Justice Eric Macklin convicted both Klaus and Frank on three counts of first-degree murder, saying each had played a crucial role in executing the plan.

    There are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders, but the judge said details of the case were not particularly uncommon compared with other murders and did not warrant consecutive sentences.

    Macklin also ruled that although their crimes were horrific, delaying parole for Klaus and Frank would be “a decision out of the ordinary.”

    He also suggested that the two men would have a better chance of rehabilitation if they were not “bereft of hope.”

    The appeals, however, argued the judge erred by refusing to give effect to Parliament’s sentencing intent. They state that allowing the men concurrent periods of parole ineligibility is “not proportionate to the gravity of the offence or the moral blameworthiness of the offender.”

    Klaus, meanwhile, has already filed a notice of appeal of his conviction and sentence.

    During the trial, court heard that Klaus was having problems with his father and offered Frank money to kill the family. Klaus had a cocaine and gambling addiction and forged cheques on his parents account, promising to pay them back.

    Frank told police after his arrest that he killed the family because he was scared that Klaus would shoot him if he didn’t.

    The Canadian Press

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    Airdrie RCMP’s CRU Seizes Suspected Fentanyl, Cash, and Guns in Calgary



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  • Airdrie, Alberta– Airdrie RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) has seized suspected fentanyl, other drugs, cash, and firearms after conducting a search warrant within Calgary this past weekend.  

    On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Airdrie RCMP’s CRU along with the assistance of the Calgary Police Service and the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Team executed a search warrant at a residence within the Forest Lawn neighbourhood of Calgary. Two individuals were arrested and charged as a result of the search warrant and a significant amount of drugs and cash were removed from the home.

    The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 1616 suspected fentanyl pills, 3.5 ounces of suspected fentanyl powder, 7 grams of suspected carfentanil powder, 25 morphine pills, and 9.5 ounces of methamphetamine. There was also $15,000 in Canadian cash seized along with what is believed to be $5,000 in counterfeit American cash. Two firearms, including an assault-style rifle were also seized by Police.

    The investigation was lead by Airdrie RCMP’s CRU which targeted suspects whom were believed to be supplying fentanyl and other drugs to Airdrie and Rockyview County areas.

    “The searches conducted are part of a larger crime reduction strategy that focuses on identifying repeat offenders and conducting targeted, intelligence-led investigations. This seizure of drugs, cash, and firearms plays a part in making our communities safer,” says Sargeant Andrew Boxall, Team Leader for Airdrie RCMP’s CRU.

    31-year-old, Ivo Musa, of Calgary, Ab has been charged with 11 charges including:

    ·         Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking

    ·         Possession of carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking

    ·         Possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking

    ·         Proceeds of crime over $5000

    ·         Weapons offences

    ·         Breaches of Court Orders

    23-year-old, Heidi Helene Moran, of Calgary, Ab was arrested on eight outstanding Arrest Warrants from four different Police jurisdictions in Alberta. She is also facing the same 11 charges.

    Both individuals have been remanded into custody and are awaiting Court dates for the Provincial Court of Alberta.

    If you have information about this incident, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or call your local police.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

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    Beiseker RCMP Request Public Assistance in Locating Stolen Tractor



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  • Rockyview County, Alberta –

    Beiseker RCMP are asking for tips from the public after a tractor was stolen from a farm near Irricanna over the weekend.

    On 2018-03-11, Beiseker RCMP responded to a complaint of a stolen tractor. Between March 3, 2018 and March 10, 2018, unknown persons stole a 2011 T7-235 New Holland Tractor by loading it onto a flat deck trailer and hauling it away. At the time of the theft, the tractor was outfitted with a 860 TI loader.

    Here is a photo of a similar tractor.

    Beieseker RCMP are asking anyone with information on this crime to contact the Beiseker RCMP at 403-947-3420.

    If you if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [] for instructions on how).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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