NEWS
12/14/2011 04:49 EST | Updated 02/13/2012 05:12 EST

Armed Quebec School Intruder Gets 5 Years

A 25-year-old man arrested in April after entering a Quebec elementary school armed with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle and hunting knife has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Rock Dagenais, 25, pleaded guilty in July to several offences, including possession of an illegal and loaded weapon, fabricating an illegal firearm and taking three people hostage — two of them teachers and one a secretary at the elementary school.

He was originally accused of charges related to taking hostages after entering École St. Laurent in Buckingham, Que., just northeast of Ottawa, on April 19 with concealed weapons.

No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired, though the school went into lockdown. Dagenais was arrested about 15 minutes after police arrived.

Dagenais, who was not a parent of any child at the school, is from the Buckingham area.

The Crown sought a prison sentence of six to seven years.