January 21st, 2021

Man sentenced to 30 months in prison for robbery

By Shurtz, Delon on July 10, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


A 26-year-old man convicted of robbery three times since 2012 has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Dylan Altenhofen will spend his time in custody in a provincial jail, however, after his federal sentence was reduced by seven and a half months for time he has already spent in custody since he was arrested on his third robbery last January.

Altenhofen pleaded guilty Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of robbery, in which he stole a vehicle from a woman he had met Jan. 7 through social media.

Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles told court the two spent a couple of hours in Altenhofen’s hotel room before going to a store then to the woman’s residence, where they remained for two more hours. On their way back to the hotel, Altenhofen threatened the woman with a kitchen knife he had taken from her home, and demanded she give him her cellphone and vehicle.

She got out of the car, but refused to give him her cellphone. He then drove away.

Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly, who after considerable discussion and negotiations with the Crown, agreed with the joint submission for a 30-month sentence, said her client suffers from substance abuse and psychological issues. He is, however, trying to change his life and plans to move to B.C. where he will be able to work with his family.

In addition to his sentence, Altenhofen was prohibited from possessing firearms and other weapons, and he must submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank.

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