A Canadian national who remains the focus of missing people investigations and awaits trial in another local court case has been sentenced for weapons offenses. Judge Billy Sipe on March 22 ordered a 4 ½-year prison term for Robert Carnochan, 70, Yucca.

A jury convicted Carnochan of six counts of misconduct with a weapon for possessing a shotgun, two rifles and three handguns. A prior theft conviction in Washington State rendered Carnochan a prohibited possessor of firearms.

Jude Sipe went out of his way to explain he was sentencing Carnochan only for the weapons offenses. He said he would not be influenced or persuaded by the local and national publicity Carnochan has received for being a “suspect” in the disappearance of three women whom he reportedly met online before relationships evolved.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Scott Dirst says local and Homeland Security authorities continue investigating the trio of missing women cases. Meantime, Carnochan awaits trial for unrelated charges involved alleged identity theft.