A man has been sentenced to more than seven months in jail for a vicious attack in which he beat a woman with a baseball bat.
“You’re lucky that she didn’t die,” Judge Herbert Lawrence Allen said during sentencing recently. “She may have a disfiguring scar across her forehead for the rest of her life.”
Steven Lee Gregory, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for using excessive force.
The assault happened at the Birdtail Sioux First Nation on June 28.
Crown attorney Rich Lonstrup told court that it appears Gregory and a woman were involved in a consensual fight. He was apparently upset that the woman had reported an acquaintance to police for a previous assault.
The woman involved in the fight with Gregory was left with a swollen face and took her same-sex partner to task for failing to intervene.
The partner then armed herself with an aluminum baseball bat and managed to take at least one swing at Gregory before the stocky man disarmed her.
Instead of leaving the scene, Gregory hit his assailant with the bat several times.
Lonstrup said the victim was left with “horrific” injuries and needed 19 stitches to various parts of her body, including nine on her forehead.
She also had a cracked tooth but, remarkably, she had no broken bones or long-term serious damage.
Alcohol was a factor in the attack, said Lonstrup, who noted that police found Gregory intoxicated.
Gregory had also assaulted another man as part of these series of events, but few details were available because the victim was unco-operative with investigators. It appears to have been a minor assault.
Defence lawyer Bob Harrison said Gregory is originally from the United States and is of mixed African American and aboriginal background.
Harrison said his client’s temper was stirred when the woman involved in the first fight referred to him using the “N word.”
Judge Allen sentenced Gregory to nine months in jail, minus 50 days time served for pre-sentence custody. That will be followed by two years of probation.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 20, 2012