Man convicted in death of Mounties arrested

Dennis Cheeseman is pictured in this file photo. (QMI Agency Files)

Dennis Cheeseman is pictured in this file photo. (QMI Agency Files)

Bryan Passifiume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 PM ET

WHITECOURT, Alta. — A man convicted in connection with the 2005 shootings of four RCMP members in Mayerthorpe has been arrested.

Dennis Cheeseman — sentenced to a 10 year prison term for his role in the 2005 killings of four RCMP members in Mayerthorpe — had been on early release when police arrested him in Whitecourt, Alta., on Friday for alleged possession of a controlled substance.

RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Steve Vince told QMI Agency that a complaint about a suspicious vehicle in an area parking lot led police to investigate.

“Whitecourt members ran the plate and found that the vehicle was registered to Dennis Cheeseman,” Vince said.

After conducting a search, police allege Cheeseman was in possession of a quantity of an undisclosed controlled substance, contrary to his release conditions, which prohibit him from possessing or consuming drugs or alcohol.

Vince added that the National Parole Board would be informed of the breach and any changes to Cheeseman’s release conditions would be decided by them.

Cheeseman, along with his brother-in-law Shawn Hennessey, were both convicted of manslaughter in 2009 for supplying weapons to the man believed responsible for gunning down four RCMP members on a Mayerthorpe farm.


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