January 22nd, 2021

Man pleads guilty to assault, breach of conditions

By Shurtz, Delon on June 12, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


A social gathering more than a year ago in Moses Lake near Cardston turned violent after two men began arguing with each other.

Loren Many Fingers was among several people who were drinking alcohol together in Nov. 19, 2018 when he became embroiled in a “verbal altercation.”

The argument turned into a fight with another man, but it appeared to end after the other man walked away. The break was a short one, however, and the two men began fighting again, but the second time Many Fingers pulled out a knife and began swinging it at his opponent.

The victim was cut on his left leg and on his face, near his nose, which he didn’t realize until someone told him he was bleeding. He was treated at the Cardston Hospital and released. Police officers involved in the case noted both combatants were extremely intoxicated.

Many Fingers pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count each of assault and breach of release conditions. At the time of the fight Many Fingers was prohibited from being in Moses Lake.

He was sentenced to 114 days in jail, but given full credit for time already spent in custody, effectively concluding his sentence. He returns to court next week, however, on several other charges, including assault.

Lethbridge lawyer Scott Hadford said his client, who comes from a home in which there is drug and alcohol abuse, is remorseful for his actions and wants to improve his life. Hadford also pointed out the two combatants are close friends, but things got out of hand the night of the fight.

In addition to his sentence, Many Fingers must submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank, and he is prohibited from possessing certain weapons for 10 years, and others for life.

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