Man with violent history given maximum sentence for assault

A man whose alcohol-fuelled rages have made him a frequent visitor in criminal court has been given the maximum sentence for breaching release conditions and lashing out at police officers.

A man whose alcohol-fuelled rages have made him a frequent visitor in criminal court has been given the maximum sentence for breaching release conditions and lashing out at police officers.

John Profeit, 34, was arrested early in February by Red Deer RCMP investigating reports of an intoxicated man assaulting a woman in a city residence.

Profeit, who has been in custody since then, went before Judge Jim Mitchell in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday, charged with assault, assaulting a police officer and breaching conditions of a recognizance.

Profeit pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and breaching conditions, with the assault charge dismissed because RCMP were not able to track down the woman he was alleged to have attacked.

Court heard that although Profeit was so drunk he was barely able to speak or stand, he was belligerent with police who came to investigate the complaint and he tried kicking through the bars of the security window after being placed in a police car. He calmed down briefly after being placed in a cell, but tensed up again and then charged the door as it was being closed.

No officers were injured.

After hearing recommendations from the Crown and defence, Mitchell sentenced Profeit to six months in custody on each of the two charges, to be served concurrently, with six months credit for the eight months he spent in pre-trial custody.

Mitchell told the man he has difficulty believing his impassioned statements about the efforts he has made to manage his addiction and the violent behaviours that result from his drinking, including reports of weekly counselling sessions with a church minister and the offers of support from his community, mother and fiancée.

“I’ve met you (in court) a number of times over the years. I have to say, I’ve heard this before,” said Mitchell.

While acknowledging Profeit’s guilty plea and his comment that he is actively reaching out for help for the first time in his life, Mitchell said he still feels skeptical about the sincerity of his comments.

“Your record is clearly and simply one of the worst I’ve ever encountered, and I’ve been in the criminal law business for over four decades. I can’t recall anything as severe as this,” said Mitchell.

He then cited a record of assault and weapons charges dating back to 1990, including only one year in which Profeit was not convicted of any charges.

Mitchell went on to state that he finds Profeit to be “pleasant, articulate and seemingly quite intelligent” in court.

“(However) I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near you when you are under the influence.”

He recommended that Profeit take heed to the support offered to him, suggesting that he might have more success in his ancestral home in the Yukon than “on the mean streets of Central Alberta.”

Profeit remains in custody pending the outcome of a trial to be held on Nov. 7 on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and mischief.

bkossowan@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Portion of Red Deer’s 43 Street closed due to localized flooding

A portion of 43 Street in Red Deer was closed Saturday morning… Continue reading

WATCH: On 4—20 Day in Red Deer, marijuana users say legal weed a long time coming

Not wanting to wait for the federal government to legalize recreational marijuana,… Continue reading

Former Central Alberta MLA appealing fine for not protecting a list of 20,000 electors

List included names and addresses of voters in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Proposed Alberta legislation would protect consumers

Alberta Utilities Commission would be given power to penalize natural gas and electricity providers

Red Deer beginning two major construction projects

Ross Street’s 1935-era water main to be replaced and 67th Street roundabout landscaped

WATCH: Red Deer RCMP and Emergency Services play for Humboldt

Red Deer police officers and firefighters laced up their skates to raise… Continue reading

After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again

Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth to attend pop concert for 92nd birthday

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth is marking her 92nd birthday with a Saturday… Continue reading

‘Such a great person:’ Funeral being held for assistant coach with Broncos

STRASBOURG, Sask. — Mark Cross was a ferocious competitor when he played… Continue reading

Police looking for missing Innisfail woman

Police are asking the public to help find a 54-year-old Innisfail woman… Continue reading

Hellebuyck makes 30 saves, Jets beat Wild in Game 5 to advance to Round 2

WINNIPEG — Bryan Little’s teammates were happy they could deliver something special… Continue reading

Red Deer College wins Community Inclusion Award

Red Deer College is an inclusive institution, and it has an award… Continue reading

Firefighters rescue cat from ice floe in river

WINNIPEG — Firefighters are known for helping cats stuck in trees, but… Continue reading

Doctors warn of cannabis risks for pregnant or breastfeeding users

OTTAWA — The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month