September 27th, 2016

Third assailant handed four-year prison sentence


By Lethbridge Herald on June 23, 2015.

Lethbridge Herald
A man who helped beat up and then stab a drug dealer has been sent to prison.
Gerald Rae Skinner pleaded guilty Monday in Lethbridge provincial court to housebreaking and committing an indictable offence and was sentenced to four years in a federal penitentiary. He was also sentenced to one day each on single counts of theft and failing to appear in court, which he will serve concurrently with his prison term.
Skinner, his brother Cody, and another man, Forest Visser, went to their intended victim’s home in June of 2013, but sent a women ahead of them to confirm that he was home. Cody and Visser went in first and chased the homeowner into the kitchen where all three men attacked him by punching and kicking him. Then someone stabbed the man six times.
Although authorities don’t know who wielded the weapon, all three men were charged since they were all involved in the assault. Cody was sentenced to six years in prison, while Visser was sentenced to five years.
Gerald must also submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank, and he is prohibited from possessing certain weapons and firearms for 10 years, and others for life.

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