An RV dealer convicted of defrauding 36 people of thousands of dollars listened expressionless as some of them told their stories in an Edmonton court room on Wednesday.
Arnold Donszelmann sold motorhomes to people through his dealership Leisure RV in Millett, Alta. and leased the vehicles for them.
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His victims later discovered that the RVs either didn’t exist or were sold more than once to the same person.
Beryle and Stan Pledge lost $165,000 when they bought two RVs from Donszelmann, who sold one of them to someone else.
“I want to get up there and smack him,” Beryle Pledge said outside court. “I want to beat him with a stick. He’s just destroyed our lives. It’s devastating.”
Stan Pledge says they have lost their retirement savings.
“I’m 67 years old. Back to work. That’s it.”
Valda Timmons wants Donszelmann to spend the rest of his life in jail.
“It’s not just us. There’s so many people he did this to. And this is just one case.”
The Crown is asking Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Terry Clackson to impose a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison.
Donszelmann’s lawyer plans to ask for a sentence of about half that length.
The sentencing hearing will resume July 10.