Man Charged With Murder Previously Convicted Of Meth-Fuelled Crime Spree

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – New information has come to light about the man charged with the second-degree murder of an Abbotsford man in a Grande Prairie parking lot on May 14th.

30 year-old Micheal Ginter was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly side-swiping another vehicle with 34 year-old Nikkolas Steenhuisen on his vehicle’s running board. Steenhuisen was attempting to apprehend Ginter after spotting Ginter inside of his truck when he exited the Grande Prairie Home Hardware, and later died of injuries he sustained in the collision.

Cst. Michelle Mosher with the Grande Prairie RCMP confirmed that Ginter was also one of two men convicted of a $200,000 crime spree back in April of last year. Ginter was sentenced in November 2015 of break and enter, and possession of stolen property after being caught passed out behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle on April 2nd, 2015. At the time of arrest both Ginter and his co-accused, then 33 year-old Joseph Semple, appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine, according to RCMP Sgt. Ed Reinink with the Dawson Creek detachment. Ginter was sentenced to 360 days and given credit for 314 days served awaiting trial.

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