Six-month sentence for courthouse escape attempt

A prisoner’s desperate bid for freedom from the Red Deer Courthouse has landed him a six-month jail sentence.

A prisoner’s desperate bid for freedom from the Red Deer Courthouse has landed him a six-month jail sentence.

Dustin Aaron Clark, 36, was in custody appearing in Red Deer’s Court of Queen’s Bench in connection with robbery charges on Feb. 4 when he jumped the wall of the prisoner’s dock and made a break for it with a sheriff in hot pursuit.

The sheriff called for backup and as Clark raced down the stairs from the second floor courtroom, he was immediately nabbed by on-duty sheriffs.

Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson said Clark was intercepted about six metres from the doors to the street during his 10 a.m. escape attempt.

He struggled with sheriffs before they got the handcuffs on him.

Clark pleaded guilty on Wednesday to escaping lawful custody and resisting police as part of a joint sentencing submission from the Crown and his lawyer Norm Clair.

McPherson asked Judge Gordon Yake to impose a six-month sentence, the maximum penalty for the escape charge.

“Although he didn’t escape the building, the escape was complete when he jumped out of the prisoner box and ran,” McPherson said. “It certainly was his intent to get out of the building.”

Yake sentenced Clark to six months on each charge, to be served concurrently.

Clark will be back in court on Jan. 7 for a trial arising from a pair of bank robberies in Red Deer last year, at Servus Credit Union and TD Canada Trust branches.

Charges include armed robbery, assault with a weapon (bear spray), wearing a disguise to commit a criminal offence, theft under $5,000 for a pair of prescription glasses and mischief in relation to a broken windscreen.

Just Posted

BILD says not the time for higher permit fees in Red Deer

Construction industry is hard hit by slow economy

Bighorn Country telephone town hall for Red Deer area set for Wednesday

Residents can phone in from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to hear about the project or ask questions

Central Alberta real estate sales follow a familiar pattern

2018 house sale numbers mirror 2017 in central Alberta

Red Deer hospital settles dispute, welcomes neonatal nurse

A dispute over nursing levels at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s emergency… Continue reading

Drumheller-Stettler MLA quits UCP

Rick Strankman to sit as Independent

Lucic, Kassian each score twice to power Oilers in 7-2 win over Sabres

EDMONTON — Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored a pair of… Continue reading

Big Valley family gives back to community

Donates $24,560 to Stettler Health Foundation and Edmonton Stollery Children’s Hospital

Giordano notches three points to lead Flames in 7-1 blowout of Coyotes

CALGARY — Flames captain Mark Giordano celebrated his 800th NHL game in… Continue reading

All-female team out to prove women racers aren’t a gimmick

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every racing series in the world is full… Continue reading

‘Game of Thrones’ final season to debut on April 14

NEW YORK — “Game of Thrones” fans, get ready. HBO announced Sunday… Continue reading

Kylie Jenner loses record for most-liked Instagram post

NEW YORK — Kylie Jenner’s birth announcement is no longer the most-liked… Continue reading

Study shows black bears need a variety of salmon species to be healthy

VANCOUVER — Black bears need access to different species of salmon rather… Continue reading

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

WASHINGTON — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor… Continue reading

Most Read