An O’Chiese woman may have emerged from the wilderness on July 26, 2013, but Justice Kirk Sisson said she’s not out of the woods yet.
The woman, who can’t be named by a court ordered publication ban, spent 12 days in the woods on the north end of the O’Chiese First Nation. She fled into the woods trying to escape Kevin Roy Gladue, 38.
Gladue was convicted of aggravated sexual assault on the 27-year-old woman on Feb. 5 by a jury. He awoke the sleeping woman by pulling down her pants. She tried to get away, but Gladue followed.
She told him to stop, but Gladue hit her in the face with a stick, breaking her jaw in two places.
On Thursday, in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench, Sisson sentenced Gladue to six years in prison.
Sisson ruled it was a major sexual assault because of the actions that followed the pulling of pants, which exposed the woman’s buttocks.
Gladue and the woman had been part of a group off-roading in the area on July 14, 2013. The truck they were in became stuck in the mud. Four of the people went for help, leaving Gladue and the woman alone. The woman fell asleep in the truck and was awoken to Gladue removing her pants. Sisson said up until this point it was a minor sexual assault.
When Gladue followed the woman, refused to stop and then hit her in the face with a stick it became a major sexual assault. Gladue then endangered her life as she fled into the woods.
The woman spent the next 12 days with a broken, infected jaw wandering the woods. She survived on berries and river or rain water. She was found about 10 km from where she was last seen having crossed the Baptiste River.
She was found on an oil lease road. She suffered from a double-compound fracture of her jaw, which had become infected; blisters, rash, exposure and had lost a significant amount of weight.
Sisson ordered Gladue pay restitution of $8,745 to cover the woman’s medical bills.
Additional court orders issued rule Gladue must provide a sample of his DNA, a 10-year weapons prohibition and will be on the Sex Offender Information Registry for life.
Gladue has served 10 months of his sentence and has five years and two months left to serve.