Bail review scheduled for suspected thief

A bail review for a man who was shot by a farmer and beaten when he tried to steal an ATV is expected to be held in Red Deer court on Friday.

A bail review for a man who was shot by a farmer and beaten when he tried to steal an ATV is expected to be held in Red Deer court on Friday.

Harold Groening, 31, formerly of Mirror, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Thursday in Stettler provincial court after pleading guilty to theft of an item valued at less than $5,000.

Groening’s lawyer John MacNaughton said on Monday that he’s in the process of filing a formal intention to launch an appeal of the sentence.

The appeal would be heard by the Alberta Court of Appeal several months from now.

MacNaughton would like to get his client released on bail in Court of Queen’s Bench while the appeal process unfolds.

Groening was run off the road, blasted with a shotgun and beaten as he tried to make a get away after stealing an ATV near Tees in the early hours of March 26, 2009.

Two theft-related charges were dropped against Groening.

MacNaughton said last week the sentence seemed to be “extremely heavy handed.” His client had no prior criminal record.

MacNaughton said judges must take into account the sentences handed out to others involved in a crime and facing similar charges. One of Groening’s co-accused, Nick Dewald, 22, of Alix, had previously pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000 and was fined $400 for his involvement.

A second co-accused, Kyle Rosenthal, 23, of Alix, has yet to go to trial on a similar charge.

Groening, who now lives in Vancouver, told court he still suffers back pain and occasional numbness from the injuries he suffered when he was run into a ditch by another vehicle while trying to flee on the ATV stolen from his pursuer’s yard. He was then shot twice as he tried to run, taking 17 pellets in the back, legs and arm.

He sought help from a driver only to be returned to a group of men who beat him.

Brian Knight, 38, of the Tees area, has been accused of shooting Groening and faces a number of weapons-related offences, including unlawful use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing injury, dangerous driving and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Knight returns to court on June 17 for a trial.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(File photo by Advocate staff)
Mountain Men’s Barbershop co-owners Laura-Lee Gambee, left, and Heidi Forster pose in their Collingwood, Ont., shop in an undated handout image. Small business owners and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses say companies started in the months leading up to COVID-19 or those that opened during the pandemic don’t qualify for the recently-extended rent or wage subdies or a new hiring subsidy the government announced Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kiley VanderMeer
New, young small businesses left out of federal budget want more aid: CFIB

Eligibility requirements for subsidies need improving

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett takes her seat as she wait to appear before the Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee in Ottawa, March 10, 2020. Federal officials are facing calls for greater clarity on how a proposed new law to harmonize Canada’s laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People could affect future development projects and government decisions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Feds pressed to define ‘free, prior and informed consent’ in UNDRIP bill

UNDRIP bill mandates government adopt more inclusive approach

A vial of the Medicago vaccine sits on a surface. CARe Clinic, located in Red Deer, has been selected to participate in the third phase of vaccine study. (Photo courtesy www.medicago.com)
Red Deer clinical research centre participating in plant-based COVID-19 vaccine trial

A Red Deer research centre has been selected to participate in the… Continue reading

Gwynne Dyer
Bolsonaro: Suicide by COVID

‘Rounding into the home stretch, it’s Italy by a full length, then… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Red Deer, June 28, 1990. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer and the Royal Family

The recent passing and funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in… Continue reading

Vancouver Canucks' Tanner Pearson, right, celebrates after scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie David Rittich during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Pearson, Sutter each score twice as Canucks dump Leafs 6-3

Pearson, Sutter each score twice as Canucks dump Leafs 6-3

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Peter Powell/Pool via AP)
Super League collapses after the 6 English clubs withdraw

Super League collapses after the 6 English clubs withdraw

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Bogaerts’ 3-run HR, Rodriguez lift BoSox over Blue Jays 4-2

Bogaerts’ 3-run HR, Rodriguez lift BoSox over Blue Jays 4-2

Pound says Olympic qualifying issues a concern to IOC

Pound says Olympic qualifying issues a concern to IOC

Former University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women’s team

Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women’s team

Ontario Hockey League cancels 2020-21 season as COVID-19 cases surge in province

Ontario Hockey League cancels 2020-21 season as COVID-19 cases surge in province

Most Read