Lethbridge Man to be Released from Jail Following Sentencing for West Side Assault

Joel Guzman, 25, will be released from jail on Tuesday (Dec. 12) since he's already served his sentence in pre-trial custody.

A Lethbridge man pleading guilty to a violent assault on two people from earlier this year. Joel Guzman, 25, made the plea Tuesday morning (Dec. 12) on a charge of assault causing bodily harm. The Crown told the court that on April 22, 2017, Lethbridge Police were called to Berkeley Place West where they found two men had suffered multiple stab wounds. While Guzman denies his involvement in the stabbing, he did admit to stomping on the torso, chest and head of one of the victims, who had to be flown by STARS air ambulance to a hospital in Calgary for treatment. The Crown also alleges that the two victims were part of a rival gang to Guzman and that the assault may have started as a consensual fight. Judge Timothy Hironaka agreed to a joint submission from the defence and Crown of 353 days in jail, including a 10 year weapons prohibition. However, given one and a half days credit, Guzman has already served 353 days in pre-trial custody. That means he has zero days left to serve and will be released from jail on Tuesday (Dec. 12). Two additional counts of assault with a weapon against Guzman have been withdrawn. Back in June, two others co-accused in the case, Angela Spearchief, 24, and Dustin Okimaw, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and were sentenced to 10 month and 14 months in jail, less time served in pre-trial custody. -Sam Borsato

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