Dwight Saunders, who blames a cocaine addiction as the trigger for a standoff with police on the outskirts of St. John's last month, was sentenced to jail on Tuesday.

Saunders, 27, was given a sentence of five months for charges that included careless use of a firearm.

Saunders was arrested Dec. 9 after police were able to peacefully end a standoff at a home off a large rural stretch of Thorburn Road.

Saunders' sentence also covers convictions for breaching court orders and for fraud.

Provincial court last week was told that Saunders had threatened to shoot himself if his mother did not give him money so he could buy cocaine.

Saunders said he had been spending about $300 a day on his cocaine habit.