Violent mugging nets man more than three years in jail

A young man who turned 20 waiting for a court disposition was sentenced to a federal prison sentence for his part in a mugging that left the victim with a permanent eye injury.

A young man who turned 20 waiting for a court disposition was sentenced to a federal prison sentence for his part in a mugging that left the victim with a permanent eye injury.

Logan Sweezey was sentenced to three and a half years in jail on Friday when he pleaded guilty to robbery in connection with an incident on June 4 at midday in Red Deer.

Sweezey was one of three people who jumped the victim in the 5500 block of 60th Street about 12:30 p.m.

Crown prosecutor Denis Huot told provincial court Judge Gordon Deck that one assailant pinned the victim’s arms while the other two punched him several times and kicked him when he was down. Sweezey stole his wallet and fled with the others.

The victim was hospitalized and was told by an eye specialist he may have permanent damage in one eye. He also suffers from constant headaches and had three teeth chipped.

An aggravated assault charge was withdrawn against Sweezey, who must also surrender a sample of his DNA.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of liquor about a week before the robbery and was given 15 days in jail to be served concurrently with the robbery.

Sweezey was also credited 97 days in pre-trial custody, which will decrease his federal term by three months and a week.

Tikkanen Wayne Lee, 18, was sentenced to two and a half years in jail last month after pleading guilty to the robbery.

Lee had no previous record while Sweezey had a previous adult record.

The sentence was a joint submission between Huot and defence lawyer Patty MacNaughton.

“It’s shocking and sad that a Red Deer citizen can’t walk down the street without being beat up,” Deck said.

MacNaughton said Sweezey has many issues to deal with. He has fetal alcohol syndrome and attention deficit disorder. He was in foster homes from an early age and at the time of the robbery was unemployed and couldn’t get social assistance, MacNaughton said.

Rodney Byron Cardinal, 18, of Red Deer returns to court on Oct. 7 charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

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