A teen has been sentenced to six months in jail for his role in a violent, gang-related robbery in which the victim was beaten for his headphones.
“What he and his friends did was appalling,” Crown attorney Jim Ross said during sentencing on Monday.
The youth was also sentenced for a high-profile, gang-related fight that happened at Crocus Plains high school.
The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to a pair of robbery counts for being one of three males who robbed a young man and his girlfriend in the early morning of Sept. 1.
The couple was walking home around 3:45 a.m. near Brandon University when the trio of robbers approached and demanded the man’s headphones.
The robbers had been drinking and the victim and his girlfriend had happened to pass by, Ross said.
The males attacked the man when he refused to hand the headphones over. He briefly escaped, only to be chased down and beaten.
The robbers kicked and punched the victim and left him lying on the ground in the fetal position.
The victim’s injuries included black eyes, an impacted tooth, a chipped tooth and cuts.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend stood nearby, cellphone in hand and yelled at the attackers to stop.
One of the robbers — not this accused — told the girlfriend to hang up and hand over the phone or they’d kill her boyfriend.
The girlfriend tossed the phone toward the robbers, one of them picked it up and the group fled.
Police stopped a number of young men a short time later and the teen who was sentenced this Monday was among them.
He had blood on his shirt and a cut hand and told police he was a striker for the Manitoba Warriors street gang.
He was released by police with orders to keep the peace and abide by a 10 p.m. curfew but on Sept. 13 he got in a fight with a Crocus Plains student, a fight witnessed by more than 80 students.
The accused, who would later plead guilty to causing a disturbance, claims that he was fighting a rival gang member.
He also pleaded guilty to breaching his release order by breaking his curfew on the night of Sept. 14.
Denied bail on all of these charges, by the time of Monday’s sentencing he’d already spent 46 days in pre-sentence custody.
Ross said the youth told probation officials that he’s been a member of the Manitoba Warriors for three years.
He splits his time between Brandon and Crane River and sells drugs for the gang and does its “dirty work,” Ross said.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta sentenced the teen to six more months in jail to be followed by three months of supervision in the community.
That will be followed by 18 months probation.
Two other accused still face charges in relation to the robbery.