Attacker sentenced

A man charged as a participant in a pepper spray and baton attack on people at a house party received an 18-month jail sentence on Monday.

A man charged as a participant in a pepper spray and baton attack on people at a house party received an 18-month jail sentence on Monday.

Shaun Prosper’s sentence was satisfied by the 10 months he has served in custody since his arrest in mid-December, Red Deer provincial court Judge Bert Skinner ruled.

Prosper, 22, of Red Deer pleaded guilty to two assaults with a weapon, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon (the pepper spray) and forcible entry.

The courts generally grant people two-for-one credit for time served awaiting disposition of their case.

Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson said Prosper and some friends were at a house party in the 4800 block of 51st Street on Aug. 30, 2008, when they were asked to leave following a dispute.

Prosper and at least one other person returned later and forced their way into the house after they knocked and the door was slightly opened.

Once inside, they sprayed pepper spray in the face and in the head area of at least two people while two other people were struck by a baton, McPherson said.

The victims who suffered minor baton strike injuries couldn’t identify who hit them, McPherson said.

An investigation led to Prosper’s arrest three months later.

Prosper had a lengthy criminal record but nothing serious, with the longest sentence being about three months, McPherson said.

Defence lawyer Michael Scrase said the sentence was a joint submission of the Crown and defence.

Prosper was also placed on two years of probation and must surrender a sample of his DNA. In addition, he’s prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition for 10 years.

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