Kenneth Knutson sentenced to 16.5 years for shooting Kamloops RCMP officer

A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Kamloops RCMP officer at a traffic stop in 2014 was sentenced to 16.5 years in prison on Thursday.

Knutson was accused of shooting Cpl. Jean Rene Michaud at a traffic stop in Dec. 2014

Kenneth Knutson pleaded guilty this morning to shooting an RCMP officer. (Ken Knutson/Instagram)

A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a Kamloops RCMP officer at a traffic stop in 2014 was sentenced to 16.5 years in prison on Thursday.

The sentence was a joint submission from the Crown and defence. 

With time served, 38-year-old Kenneth Knutson is set to spend 14.5 years in prison. He's also been sentenced to a lifetime ban on firearms.

Knutson was accused of shooting Cpl. Jean Rene Michaud in the Kamloops neighbourhood of Batchelor Heights in the early hours of  Dec. 3, 2014.

The court heard Michaud was shot without warning as he approached the vehicle Knutson was driving. 

After police launched an intense manhunt that lasted around 12 hours, Knutson was arrested in a home five minutes from where the shooting took place. 

Since the shooting, Michaud has undergone 12 surgeries and spent 112 days in hospital, only returning to work in January.

With files from Doug Herbert