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Ronald Teneycke declared a dangerous offender

Violent Okanagan criminal sent to prison indefinitely; victims elated

A Penticton judge declared a notorious south Okanagan criminal a dangerous offender on Thursday.

Ronald Teneycke will be subject to an indeterminate prison sentence.

“In light of Mr. Teneycke’s 35-year record of committing violent criminal offenses, his anti-social personality disorder, his untreated polysubstance dependence and his role and pattern of offending … I can only conclude Mr. Teneycke is not inhibited by normal standards of behavioral restraint so that future acts of violence can quite confidentially be expected of him,” said provincial court judge Richard Hewson in handing down his sentence.

Watch Below: Coverage of Ronald Teneycke’s dangerous offender hearing. One of his victims said anything less than the maximum sentence should cause outrage.
‘Anything less should be the subject of outrage’: shooting victim wants Teneycke behind bars indefinitely
‘Anything less should be the subject of outrage’: shooting victim wants Teneycke behind bars indefinitely

Wayne Belleville, who was shot by Teneycke in 2015, was in court to hear the decision and was happy to see Teneycke designated a dangerous offender.

Belleville believes the dangerous offender designation will spare future victims.

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“His 15 minutes of fame are over and I look forward to never hearing his name again,” Belleville said.

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In 2015, Teneycke shot Belleville, a driver who picked Teneycke up on a logging road outside of Oliver.

“After he shot me, I said to him ‘Why did you kill me?’ I was convinced I was going to die. He goes, ‘I’m a dangerous offender, I’ve got nothing to lose,'” Belleville recalled.

READ MORE: ‘Anything less should be the subject of outrage’: shooting victim wants Teneycke behind bars indefinitely

A few days before the shooting, Teneycke robbed an Oliver store.

The two incidents prompted a manhunt and ended in a high-speed chase before Teneycke was arrested.

READ MORE: Manhunt over; Ronald Teneycke arrested

Teneycke has a criminal record dating back more than three decades.

– with files from Blaine Gaffney