October 31st, 2020

Woman sentenced for assault


By Shurtz, Delon on July 22, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 52-year-old woman has been sent to jail for assaulting two people, one of whom was in a wheelchair.

Benita Anne Red Crow received a four-month sentence after she pleaded guilty in Lethbridge provincial court to four counts of assault and two counts of failing to comply with release conditions.

Court was told Red Crow was downtown at about noon April 29 and was kicking a wheelchair-bound woman in the legs and face, who was trying to get away from her assailant.

A week later Red Crow was in Galt Gardens and seen drinking beer by a member of The Watch. She was also yelling and arguing with a man with whom she is in a relationship, and was seen pushing the man to the ground and kicking him in the face. She assaulted the same man on two other occasions, as well.

On May 14 she stood over her victim while he sat on a bench downtown and pulled his hair and punched him in the face. When police arrived they saw her yelling at the man while clenching her fists. Then a few weeks later, on June 23, the man asked a security officer at the downtown bus terminal to call police because a woman was assaulting him. Red Crow had been following the man before she struck him with a bag and punched him.

Red Crow was sentenced to 30 days in jail for each of the assaults, and 15 days on two counts of breaching release conditions, to run concurrently to the four-month sentence. She was charged with the breaches after she ignored court orders not to have any contact with the man.

Her sentence was reduced by 30 days for time she spent in pre-trial custody.

Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly told court her client is remorseful for what she did. She said Red Crow struggles with alcohol “at times,” but is committed to change her life and has enrolled in a master’s program at the University of Calgary.

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