Regina youth gets three years for shoot­ing man

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A 16-year-old boy avoided the pos­si­bil­ity of an adult sen­tence, hav­ing ac­knowl­edged shoot­ing an 18-year-old man ear­lier this year.The teen ap­peared at Regina Youth Court this week, where he pleaded guilty to at­tempted mur­der and a range of prop­erty and breach of­fences.Un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, at­tempted mur­der car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of three years — the penalty jointly rec­om­mended by Crown and de­fence coun­sel and ac­cepted by the judge.Be­cause he was sen­tenced as a youth, the teen can­not be iden­ti­fied un­der the act.Crown pros­e­cu­tor Chris White told the court the com­plainant and a fe­male friend were walk­ing in the area of 8th Av­enue and Robin­son Street early on the morn­ing of April 23 when they were cir­cled by a sil­ver SUV.The fe­male companion later told po­lice a male per­son got out of the SUV and shot her friend. She iden­ti­fied the shooter as the 16-yearold, a boy she used to go out with.Court heard while the 18-yearold com­plainant was shot in the chest area, the bul­let did not en­ter his body but rather grazed across his chest and un­der his left arm.Nei­ther the com­plainant nor hisfriend were ini­tially con­vinced he had been shot, only re­al­iz­ing fully what had hap­pened once they got back to his house. His mother then drove him to hos­pi­tal.Later that morn­ing, the fe­male in­di­vid­ual’s par­ents saw a grey SUV out front and heard three bangs on their daugh­ter’s bed­room win­dow, with the last break­ing the glass. No pro­jec­tile was found at that point but, less than two hours later, the grey SUV was back. This time, the par­ents saw the 16-yearold point­ing a gun at the house, caus­ing them to duck for cover.Po­lice were able to re­cover the SUV — found to be stolen — and ar­rest the 16-year-old later that day. White said the youth took off run­ning and tossed a back­pack over a fence be­fore his ar­rest.A search of the youth and the back­pack turned up a key fob to the stolen SUV, a sawed-off .22-cal­i­bre ri­fle with a de­faced se­rial num­ber,a mag­a­zine for the ri­fle with am­mu­ni­tion, a quan­tity of pre-pack­aged mar­i­juana and items typ­i­cally used in the drug trade.While the mo­ti­va­tion for the of­fences wasn’t clear, the com­plainant’s fe­male friend told po­lice she had pre­vi­ously bro­ken up with the 16-year-old. She said her ex-boyfriend’s new girl­friend had sent her threat­en­ing texts, warning she would beat her up or even shoot her.Given the sen­tence was jointly pro­posed, de­fence lawyer Tyne Hagey pro­vided few de­tails about her client. But she said he was deal­ing with sub­stance-abuse is­sues at the time of the of­fence and re­al­ized he needs to fin­ish high school and work to­ward get­ting some tech­ni­cal train­ing so he can sup­port him­self in the fu­ture.“Ev­ery­one is very for­tu­nate that (the com­plainant) wasn’t hurt ...” Judge Anna Crug­nale-reid told the youth in ac­cept­ing the pro­posed sen­tence. “You could have found your­self be­ing locked up for a very long time.”While she said she wasn’t clear on what was be­hind the shoot­ing, the judge added there is no good mo­ti­va­tion for this of­fence.Ev­ery­one is very for­tu­nate that (the com­plainant) wasn’t hurt ... You could have found your­self be­ing locked up for a very long time.

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