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Home invader sentenced to jail

A Red Deer man who pleaded guilty to participating in a home invasion last year and bribing the victim was sentenced to three years and six months in jail.

Alexander Talbot, 21, pleaded guilty to break and enter and obstructing justice in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

Court heard that on May 4, 2012, Talbot and an accomplice broke into a Red Deer residence while the occupant was calling 911 for help.

Police arrived while the pair were still in the residence.

Crown prosecutor Tony Bell said Talbot and the victim knew each other so it wasn’t a home invasion involving strangers.

In a joint submission, Bell and defence lawyer Michael Scrase recommended the three-and-a-half year sentence that was accepted by Judge Jim Hunter.

Talbot was given credit for eight-and-a-half months time served and was issued a 10-year firearms prohibition.

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