Men sentenced for assault

Two men have been sentenced for their roles in vicious assaults that left two men injured, one so severely he had to be transferred to a Calgary hospital for emergency facial surgery.

Two men have been sentenced for their roles in vicious assaults that left two men injured, one so severely he had to be transferred to a Calgary hospital for emergency facial surgery.

Derek Craig, 25, was sentenced to nine months in jail earlier this month after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. On getting out of jail, he will face a one-year probation, is prohibited from owning firearms for 10 years, must supply a sample of his DNA to a national databank, and pay $2,500 in restitution. An assault charge and a single count of failing to comply with probation were withdrawn by the Crown prosecutor.

Last Friday, David Lester, 28, pleaded guilty to assault and was fined $500 for his role in the attack. An aggravated assault charge was withdrawn.

Red Deer City RCMP allege that four men were getting into a taxi outside a pub on Taylor Drive about 3 a.m. on June 17, 2011, when they were approached by two other men who had been inside the bar.

An argument followed and two men got out of the taxi and were chased by their assailants behind the building, where they were beaten up.