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A man involved in a violent robbery pleaded guilty on Thursday, further admitting to seriously assaulting a fellow inmate while in jail.
Skyler Cook pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court to robbery as well as aggravated assault and is awaiting a date to be scheduled for sentencing.
On Feb. 21, Cook and a co-accused walked into the 7-Eleven on Victoria Avenue, Crown attorney Yaso Mathu said, where his co-accused sprayed the store clerk in the face with bear spray and beat him with the canister.
The victim eventually broke free and ran to the backroom, at which point Cook grabbed some items from the store before the two fled.
"In the (surveillance) video, you can see Mr. Skyler Cook doesn’t participate in assaulting the store clerk, but he doesn’t do anything to … stop the assault," Mathu said. "While the clerk was cowering in the back room, he took advantage of the situation by stealing some items from the store."
Then on March 28, police were called to Brandon Correctional Centre regarding a serious assault that had occurred in one of their units, Mathu said.
The victim had just been transferred into the unit, and immediately upon entering his new cell three men — one of whom was Cook — followed him in and closed the cell door behind them.
Minutes later, surveillance video shows the three men leaving the cell, Mathu said, and the victim lying unconscious on the floor.
Cook admitted his involvement to police and told them the assault was retribution for the victim doing something to a friend of his, Mathu said.
Cook said he entered the victim’s cell and hit him three or four times in the head, and despite noticing the victim became dazed he proceeded to knee him in the head.
This caused the victim to fall on the ground, where Cook stomped on his head twice.
When Cook realized the victim was unconscious, he attempted to wake him by splashing water on him, Mathu said.
Cook’s lawyer, Jason Stitt, ordered a pre-sentence report, which is expected to be completed in September. That is when a date will be set for sentencing.
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