Sentencing adjourned in brutal attack

Sentencing has been adjourned for six more weeks for a man who pleaded guilty along with three others for their roles in a brutal attack in downtown Red Deer early in April.

Sentencing has been adjourned for six more weeks for a man who pleaded guilty along with three others for their roles in a brutal attack in downtown Red Deer early in April.

Cameron Coles, 26, and three others were arrested and charged after beating and slashing another man in the lobby of the Ranchers Valley apartment building at about 11:25 p.m. on April 9.

Joshua Severin, 19, Victor Bricker, 20, and Morgan Riley, 18, were previously sentenced for a beating, which Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson described during Severin’s sentencing hearing, held on Aug. 8.

McPherson said video cameras recorded the action from two different angles as the victim was punched, kicked and slashed with a machete produced by one of the accused.

The man cowered in a corner of the lobby and, at one point, attempted to use a pocketknife to defend himself, said McPherson.

However, he was unable to fend off his assailants and his girlfriend did not provide any help, he said.

Riley, who stood by but didn’t partake in the beating, pleaded guilty to common assault and was sentenced to time served.

Bricker and Severin were each sentenced to two years in federal prison for aggravated assault.

Severin’s sentence is to be served consecutive to the sentence pronounced against him for an unrelated incident a month earlier, in which he attacked a man with a shovel.

He was sentenced to four months for the prior attack and given credit for the time he had been held in custody from his arrest in early April until his Aug. 8 hearing.

Coles, who remains in custody, was to have been sentenced this week. However, his counsel, Chris Paterson of Ponoka, was granted an adjournment to Oct. 16.

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