Kidnapping role guilt admitted

A minor player in a kidnapping and extortion scheme that started at the downtown Red Deer McDonald’s was sentenced to time served, mostly for shooting the victim in the leg with a pellet gun.

A minor player in a kidnapping and extortion scheme that started at the downtown Red Deer McDonald’s was sentenced to time served, mostly for shooting the victim in the leg with a pellet gun.

Scott Hebert, 34, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon and theft under $5,000 on Monday in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench before Justice Eldon Simpson.

Charges of extortion, kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault were withdrawn by Crown prosecutor Carolyn Ayre.

Hebert was scheduled to start a lengthy trial on Monday morning, but entered the pleas rather than proceeding with the trial.

On March 4, 2013, Hebert and Thomas Larkin, 34, met with the victim at the downtown McDonald’s Restaurant. Larkin demanded money from the victim and took the key the victim had to his girlfriend’s truck.

The victim had an unpaid debt to Greg Roberts, 28, and Larkin and Hebert were attempting to get the cash. The victim and Hebert left in Hebert’s vehicle and went to the Village Mall Canadian Tire and Hebert went into the store to purchase duct tape and other items.

While the victim waited in the vehicle, Roberts arrived and punched the victim.

Larkin and the victim left the Canadian Tire in the stolen truck and all the parties went to the victim’s apartment. It was here where Hebert shot the victim in the leg with a pellet gun.

Ayre said the victim did not suffer any significant injuries as a result of the shooting.

The victim was then taken to another location, where he was confined and beaten. The following morning, the victim escaped and called his girlfriend. They went to Lacombe Hospital for treatment for the victim’s cuts and bruises as a result of the incident.

A joint submission on sentence was tendered to the judge. Both counsel agreed to a sentence of four months on the theft charge and one year on the assault with a weapon, to be served concurrently. However, Hebert was in custody from his arrest on March 5, 2013, until September 2014. Ayre indicated Hebert was entitled to a credit of 515 days of pre-trial custody, which more than satisfied the proposed sentence.

Orders of a DNA sample and a 10-year weapons prohibition were included.

Defence counsel Andrew Phypers indicated that since Hebert’s release from custody about six months ago, he had moved into his parent’s place and started work as a plumber. His goal is to become a journeyman plumber and he is working towards his apprenticeship.

His probation officer said Hebert has been an exemplary person. Phypers said Hebert fell in with a bad crowd in his time in Red Deer and now he wants to move on.

Simpson called the sentence reasonable and said it was clear that Hebert had been keeping bad company, but was aware and was working to change that. The pellet gun and the pellets were seized.

Roberts was previously sentenced to five years in custody on charges of extortion and forcible confinement for his role.

Larkin received three years for extortion for his part.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

One strong wind leaves years of replanting work for Red Deer parks staff

High visibility boulevards already replanted, neighbourhood work starts next year

Red Deer-area indigenous filmmakers invited to apply for $20,000 grant

Storyhive launches Indigenous Storyteller Edition

Restaurant closed after compliance team patrol

Public Safety Compliance Team checked eight bars and restaurants on Oct. 19

Red Deerians await local cannabis stores

So far 31 stores in Alberta awarded licence to operate

Rimbey RCMP seek missing man with health concerns

Has anyone seen Bill Harris of Ponka County?

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Local Sports: Rudy Soffo valuable to Kings on the court

When Rudy Soffo first saw the RDC basketball Kings roster he was… Continue reading

Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched

BALTIMORE — In a matchup between the league’s highest-scoring offence and top-ranked… Continue reading

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television… Continue reading

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

LONDON — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration… Continue reading

Canada deemed U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers after internal review

OTTAWA — Canadian immigration officials have determined that the United States remains… Continue reading

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over… Continue reading

Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading

Most Read