A man who stabbed a complete stranger in the throat has received a jail sentence of nearly two years.
"You’re lucky that all you’re dealing with here is an aggravated assault charge. You could well be dealing with a murder charge," Judge John Combs told the stabber on Thursday during sentencing in Brandon court.
Devyn Colton Dale Pratt, 25, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and assault on Thursday.
The stabbing happened at the Waywayseecappo First Nation on Sept. 28.
A highly intoxicated Pratt apparently got upset at a party at a reserve home when another man pushed his mother.
Pratt hit the man, slammed him to the floor and then hit him again. Bystanders managed to calm Pratt, but he sucker punched the man again after they shook hands.
Pratt then stabbed a second man in the neck when he came to pick the assault victim up.
The weapon was never identified. A butter knife was found in the grass with what appeared to be blood on the blade, but it’s not clear whether that was the weapon involved.
The stabbing victim’s girlfriend was driving him to hospital when they were intercepted by an ambulance.
The victim spent the night in hospital and received stitches, but didn’t need surgery. Crown attorney Ron Toews said it appears the man has since made a full recovery.
Combs sentenced Pratt to a total of 23 months jail, minus five months pre-sentence custody, which leaves 18 months to serve. That jail term is to be followed by two years of probation.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 21, 2014