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Strimbold sentenced to two-years-less-a-day in jail for sex assaults

Luke Strimbold Village of Burns Lake photo
Luke Strimbold Village of Burns Lake photo

Former Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold was sentenced to two-years-less-a-day in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual assault.

He was also sentenced to two years probation. Strimbold, originally facing 29 charges, pleaded guilty in May to four counts of sexual assault involving four boys who were under the age of 16.

Strimbold was elected mayor of Burns Lake in 2011 when he was just 21 years old and was, at that time, the youngest mayor in B.C.

He was mayor when the Babine Forest Products sawmill exploded and burned in early 2012 and earned accolades for how he steered the community through the crisis. He stepped down as mayor in 2016 saying he wanted to spend time with family and go back to school. He was also serving as the membership chair of the B.C. Liberal party until the charges were revealed.

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