Court briefs – January 7

A man who stabbed his roommate during an argument will spend more time in jail. Keenan Timothy Eagles, 21, was sentenced to four more months in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault, breaching probation and uttering a threat. Eagles was credited with three months in jail for the 40 days he has spent in custody since the Nov. 21 incident on Lancaster Drive.

Stabber sentenced

A man who stabbed his roommate during an argument will spend more time in jail.

Keenan Timothy Eagles, 21, was sentenced to four more months in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault, breaching probation and uttering a threat.

Eagles was credited with three months in jail for the 40 days he has spent in custody since the Nov. 21 incident on Lancaster Drive.

Provincial court Judge Darrell Riemer heard from defence lawyer Paul Morigeau that Eagles was drinking alcohol heavily with the victim and another man when an argument erupted concerning a remark that Eagles’ brother had been murdered previously.

Eagles wanted to fight the 25-year-old victim who was too intoxicated and just wanted to pass out.

The third man put the victim to bed and when he went to check on him he was threatened by Eagles.

The third man left and when another man returned he saw the victim had been stabbed.

RCMP were called about 4:45 p.m.

The victim suffered a cut to his face requiring 20 stitches and another wound.

Eagles was on probation at the time after pleading guilty to an assault in the spring for which he received four months in jail and 12 months of probation.

Eagles must also surrender a sample of his DNA and his probation will resume once he leaves jail, the judge ordered.

The sentence was a joint submission by Morigeau and Crown prosecutor Tony Bell.

Bell said there may have been problems for the Crown since no one witnessed the stabbing.

However, Morigeau said his client wanted to plead guilty and was remorseful.

“The knife inflicted significant and grave injuries,” the judge said.

Riemer warned Eagles he needs to straighten his life out or face more serious consequences.

“If you don’t get a grip on your life it will be difficult and short,” the judge said.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com


Murder suspect gets hearing

A preliminary hearing for a man charged in a 2007 murder was expected to conclude today.

Brent William Crouse, 45, of Calgary is charged with first-degree murder and being an accessory to murder in the April 16, 2007, stabbing death of Sheldon Mark Hiller, 46, of Red Deer.

Judge Jim Mitchell heard more evidence Wednesday from Charles Richard Beckett, 49, of Red Deer who has already been sentenced for his part in the murder.

Evidence about the nature of the wounds suffered by Hiller was also given by a doctor who performed the autopsy.

Court heard earlier at Beckett’s sentencing that Hiller had been stabbed numerous times in the chest and torso. His body was found in a ditch near Raven.

Beckett was sentenced to two years in jail, satisfied by time served, after pleading guilty to accessory after the fact to murder.

Beckett was in jail for a year.

Larry Allen Scott, 53, of Red Deer, who was a witness Monday and Tuesday, is charged with second-degree murder and being an accessory to murder. He is scheduled to return to Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench in September.

Scott and Crouse remain in custody.


Accused pleads not guilty

A man charged with criminal negligence causing the unusual death of a teenager has pleaded not guilty.

James Alexander Rose, 41, returns to Rocky Mountain House provincial court Jan. 13 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

Rose was charged after the death on Sept. 7 of Tanner Mayer, 15, of Rocky.

Rose is also charged with the manufacture of a prohibited device and careless use of a prohibited device.

Rocky RCMP allege that Mayer died after launching a projectile from an object that looked like a pen.

Police said earlier that Mayer and Rose’s son were in a vehicle outside a home when one of them picked up what appeared to be an ordinary pen.

The discharger went off and Mayer was struck in the chest at close range. He died in hospital.

Criminal negligence causing death carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum sentence of four years in jail.

A preliminary is held to determine if there’s enough evidence to warrant the accused stand trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

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