Gang Associate Sentenced to 5 years 6 months for Drug and Weapon offences after foiled resurgence of Independent Soldiers in Kelowna
In early 2014 the CFSEU -BC led an investigation into a long-time Independent Soldiers gang member and his girlfriend after receiving information that a Kelowna-based Independent Soldiers (IS) member was allegedly actively recruiting new members for the IS for a planned resurgence of the notorious gang.
The investigative efforts came to a conclusion On January 30, 2015 after Donahugh Frederick McWhirter and his girlfriend Brittany Stinn were arrested followed by the execution of a Search Warrant at a residence in the Lake Country area. Throughout this investigation several drug seizures were made as well as firearms. See original release here.
On February 5th, 2018, Donahugh McWhirter entered a guilty plea in Kelowna Supreme Court to the following charges:
Count 1 – s. 5(2) CDSA – possession for the purpose of trafficking in methamphetamine
Count 2 – s. 5(2) CDSA – MDMA- possession for the purpose of trafficking
Possession of Firearms
Count 4 – s. 91(1) CC – unlawful possession of Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun
Count 10 – s. 91(1) CC – unlawful possession of Squires and Bingham .22 calibre rifle
Possession of Firearms while Prohibited
Count 6 – s. 117.01(1) CC – unlawful possession of Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun while being under a court order prohibiting possession of firearms
Count 7 – s. 117.01(1) CC – unlawful possession of Squires and Bingham .22 calibre rifle while being under a court order prohibiting possession of firearms
On June 29, 2018, Donahugh McWhirter was sentenced, in Kelowna Supreme court, to 5 years and 6 months in prison in his attempt to create a resurgence of the Independent Soldiers. As part of McWhirter’s plea agreement, PPSC has stayed all charges against his girlfriend Brittany STINN.
The CFSEU-BC would like to thank the Vernon RCMP, Lake Country RCMP, Kelowna RCMP, Merritt RCMP, and the Central Interior Traffic Services Unit for their assistance and contributions to this investigation.
CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer: Sergeant Brenda Winpenny