Man who threatened police with samurai swords in October sentenced

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Jonathan Cantelo banned from possessing weapons for 10 years and will serve three months in jail

A pair of samurai swords were seized by Stratford RCMP in October when responding to a domestic disturbance call in the town.

A 40-year-old Stratford man who uttered threats to harm his parents then menaced RCMP with two samurai swords when they responded to the situation is going to jail.


Jonathan Cantelo was sentenced Friday in provincial court to serve three months in the provincial correctional centre for possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace.

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr sentenced the accused to a further three months, to be served concurrently , for resisting arrest.

He was also sentenced to seven days and fined $1,500 for impaired driving.

Upon release from custody Cantelo will spend three years on probation.

During that time the accused, a severe alcoholic, must undergo assessment, counseling and treatment for the use of alcohol.

He is now subject to 10-year weapons prohibition.

In an unrelated case, another Stratford man will appear in court Jan. 20 on charges that stem from an incident where he pulled a sword on police. Robert John Long, 45, has not entered a plea for those charges yet.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Stratford

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Recent comments

  • Mark
    January 20, 2014 - 20:50

    This guy should go for a lot longer than that the judge went easy on him. Doing that to his parents who are elderly this guy is sick and he's lucky he didn't get shot. Throw the book at him.

  • james
    January 18, 2014 - 08:19

    This guy was lucky, anywhere else he probably would have been shot without hesitation

  • observer
    January 17, 2014 - 23:13

    I sure hope the judge apologized to this man for having to send him to jail.

  • rob
    January 17, 2014 - 13:19

    there is a lot of conan the barbarian mentality in pei includeing the ghiz government.