Sentencing scheduled in violent robbery

Sentencing will be held later this month for a man convicted last March in connection with the violent robbery and beating of a teen in Lacombe.

Sentencing will be held later this month for a man convicted last March in connection with the violent robbery and beating of a teen in Lacombe.

Travis James Kastrukoff, 24, was convicted of robbery for his role in an incident that occurred on July 17, 2010,

Also charged in connection with the incident were Carl Johnston, Andrew Dennis Renaud, Brian Travis Ward and young woman, who cannot be named because she was a minor at the time.

All have previously pleaded guilty or been convicted for their roles in the incident.

Kastrukoff pleaded not guilty and asked to be tried by judge and jury in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench. The jury found him guilty on March 2, 2012.

However, sentencing was adjourned when the trial judge, Justice Kirk Sisson, learned that Kastrukoff has First Nations status and is therefore entitled to the benefit of a Gladue pre-sentence report.

Gladue reports operate within a set of rules set out in Parliament to take into account the circumstances of Aboriginal People during sentencing.

Kastrukoff, who remains in custody, is to appear for sentencing on Jan. 21.

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