Man admits robbery

A young Stettler man added his first federal prison sentence to a growing criminal history when he pleaded guilty to robbery Monday.

A young Stettler man added his first federal prison sentence to a growing criminal history when he pleaded guilty to robbery Monday.

Jason Kyle Ensign, 23, was handed a four-year sentence when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court.

Ensign was set to have a trial on seven charges but pleaded guilty to the robbery instead.

Crown prosecutor Dennis Huot withdrew the other charges including unlawful confinement, break and enter, possession of stolen property, theft and uttering threats to cause bodily harm.

Judge Jim Hunter heard that Ensign tied up another man around May then robbed him of personal items at a Red Deer residence.

Ensign was given credit for 10 months in custody based on the accepted practice of granting people in custody two-for-one credit for time spent in pre-trial custody.

He will now serve a 38-month sentence.

He must also surrender a sample of his DNA to authorities and is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives for 10 years after release from prison.

Ensign recently finished serving a six-month sentence for several offences in the Stettler area in 2007 when at least three people broke into a residence and roughed up a man.

He had been in custody several months on those charges before pleading guilty.

He also acquired an escape from custody charge during that sentence when he tried to break away from escorts when being taken for treatment of a leg injury in jail. He was captured immediately and jailed for another 30 days.

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