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Man sent to prison for role in robbery

Two years in prison is the sentence for a man who took part in a robbery in which a pellet gun was put to the head of one of the two victims.

The victims, however, thought the gun was real at the time.

"It appears from the victim impact statement that there’s significant emotional toll," Crown attorney Grant Hughes said.

Jesse Mark Anthony was sentenced on Thursday for taking part in a robbery with an imitation weapon, and to being part of an attempt to steal a car.

On Oct. 24, 2013, at around 10:30 p.m., police were alerted that three men had approached a man and woman on the Eighth Street bridge and robbed them of beer.

One of the robbers had pulled a handgun and demanded the man’s eight-pack.

The man with the gun put it to the head of the victim, who pushed it away. It was later learned to be a non-functioning pellet gun and assessed as an imitation, but the victim didn’t know that.

The armed man then hit the victim in the face with the gun.

Anthony was among the robbers, but wasn’t the guy with the gun. However, he snatched the victims’ beer and the robbers ran off in different directions.

Twenty minutes after receiving the report, police briefly encountered two men who matched the robbers’ descriptions as they fled through yards in the area of the 200-blocks of Second and Third streets.

A third man remained on scene and claimed not to know the other two men, and police didn’t have enough evidence to detain him.

A police dog couldn’t track the suspects, but the dog’s handler located a black pellet pistol in the area.

Oddly, police again encountered the man they’d run into earlier and didn’t have evidence to hold him. This time he changed his story and helped identify one of the men as Anthony, although police again didn’t have enough evidence to detain the informant.

Anthony was arrested that same night, shortly after midnight on Oct. 25, when police were alerted to an attempt to break into a pickup truck on the 1600-block of College Avenue. The truck’s ignition had been damaged in an attempt to steal it.

Police found Anthony and another man, who matched the description of the robbers, at a nearby intersection.

Upon arrest, Anthony told police about a 10-and-a-half-inch knife in his waistband. The other suspect was carrying a hammer and screwdriver.

Anthony was on a bail order at the time that required him to be at his Sioux Valley Dakota Nation home between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily. He also pleaded guilty to that offence on Thursday.

While in jail waiting to deal with these charges, he got into an argument with a fellow inmate and punched him in the face four times, and kneed him in the face twice. As a result, the 23-year-old also pleaded guilty to assault.

Defence lawyer Norm Sims said that Anthony had been drinking at the time of the robbery and attempted car theft.

Anthony has been in custody since Oct. 25, and Judge Donovan Dvorak sentenced him to a total of two years atop remand time for all charges, followed by 18 months probation.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 12, 2014

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