Man who shot tod­dler get­ting out of jail

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Edmonton -

A gang mem­ber who shot a tod­dler on a cen­tral Al­berta re­serve is to be re­leased from jail when his sen­tence ex­pires later this month.

Christo­pher Crane was convicted for a drive-by shoot­ing that wounded Asia Sad­dle­back of the Sam­son Cree Na­tion in 2008.

The girl was 23 months old when she was hit by a stray bul­let as she was eat­ing din­ner with rel­a­tives.

While serv­ing his sen­tence, Crane had his statu­tory re­lease re­voked three times over drug and safety con­cerns, in­clud­ing this month af­ter he ad­mit­ted to in­ject­ing drugs at a half­way house ear­lier this sum­mer.

A Pa­role Board of Canada re­port re­leased Wed­nes­day said Crane would present a risk to so­ci­ety with­out su­per­vi­sion.

“In the most re­cent cor­rec­tional plan, the CSC (Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Canada) iden­ti­fies sub­stance abuse, per­sonal emo­tional, at­ti­tude and ed­u­ca­tion/em­ploy­ment as re­quir­ing a high need for im­prove­ment,’’ the re­port said.

“While un­der sen­tence, CSC ad­vises you have been in­volved in nu­mer­ous vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple as­saults on staff and other offenders, and ut­ter­ing threats. You have not com­pleted any core pro­gram­ming to ad­dress risk due to your poor in­sti­tu­tional be­hav­iour.’’

The pa­role board notes that Crane is a max­i­mum se­cu­rity of­fender who is at mod­er­ate risk to re­of­fend,

Crane had been drink­ing and do­ing drugs at the time of the shoot­ing.

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