Court briefs – May 23

A 29-year-old Hobbema man was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday in Wetaskiwin court in the drunk driving death of three people in April 2008.

Drunk driver receives jail term

A 29-year-old Hobbema man was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday in Wetaskiwin court in the drunk driving death of three people in April 2008.

Jody Lee Francis Soosay was convicted in December of three impaired driving causing death offences and three charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Soosay also received a five-year driving suspension.

Guilty plea in sex assault case

A man pleaded guilty to a sexual offence against his 13-year-old granddaughter in Red Deer provincial court on Friday. The Red Deer man, 63, was to stand trial on Friday for sexual assault and sexual interference, but decided to plead guilty to sexual interference.

The man cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim.

According to a statement of agreed facts presented to the court, the offence occurred in the early evening on Christmas Eve in 2007 when the man visited the girl’s home.

The girl let him in the home while her mother was asleep. There was no one else in the home.

The man had been involved in a romantic relationship with the girl’s grandmother since before the girl was born.

While she was sitting on his lap, he put his hands in her panties and touched her genital area and breasts.

Chief Crown prosecutor Anders Quist said he was seeking jail time.

Sentencing submissions by the Crown and defence lawyer Will Wilms will be heard on July 15.

Roselle sentencing date set

A Red Deer man will be sentenced on June 16 on charges of sexual interference with two girls — one of them 12-years old.

Kyle Robert Roselle, 23, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual interference. He was back in Red Deer provincial court on Friday for sentencing submissions by the Crown and defence.

Both offences occurred on July 31, 2008.

Crown prosecutor Dean Zuk recommended Roselle get two to 2.5 years in jail for the charge involving the 12-year-old, and six months to a year in jail for the other charge, to be served consecutively.

The crown wants Roselle added to Canada’s sex offender registry and prevented from going places, like playgrounds.

Defence lawyer Patty McNaughton objected to those sentencing conditions, saying Roselle is not a typical sex offender.

She said Roselle should receive a five-month jail sentence, fulfilled by time he has already served in custody on the charges.

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