Carmacks politician released on strict probation

Carmacks village councillor Jason Wheeler, 31, was released from police custody on Thursday after a breach of parole related to a conviction in early…

Carmacks village councillor Jason Wheeler, 31, was released from police custody on Thursday after a breach of parole related to a conviction in early May of abducting a person under the age of 16.

On Sunday, Wheeler was arrested for consuming alcohol and having contact with the youth he had abducted — both restrictions of his parole.

He was released again under strict conditions of parole, requiring him to fully abstain from drugs or alcohol, and avoid any premises whose primary purpose is the sale of alcohol.

Wheeler is also prohibited from entering Carmacks without prior written permission by his bail supervisor. He cannot be in the presence of any children, except his own — and only with permission from his bail supervisor.

Wheeler’s abduction charge was the latest in a series of youth-related charges. The conditions of his parole prohibit him from having contact with three separate women due to prior convictions.

On Thursday, he also faced two firearms charges as well as another breach of parole stemming from an assault charge in July, 2007.

Wheeler’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 9.

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