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Gang-style beating earns nine month sentence

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on January 27, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 27-year-old Lethbridge man who participated in a gang-style beating of another man 16 months ago, has received a jail sentence, but he won’t have to spend any more time behind bars.
Jesse Dean Davidson pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of assault causing bodily harm, and was sentenced to nine months in jail. However, he was given full credit for nine months he’s already spent in remand custody, which concludes his sentence.
Davidson was one of four men who were recruited by a fifth man to assault Curtis Carbert at his home in a westside trailer park. The assailants, some of whom had weapons, descended on the home and caught Carbert in the parking lot as he was returning to his home after walking his dog.
The group of men swarmed their victim, who was then stabbed in the eye by one of the assailants.
“This stabbing was not done by Mr. Davidson,” but by the man who recruited the individuals to help him confront the victim, Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles pointed out.
However, Davidson, who was armed with a tactical flashlight, was charged as a party to the offence.
Carbert was airlifted to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, where doctors saved his eye and treated him for a number of other significant injuries to his face.
Giles noted the men recruited to participate in the beating, including Davidson, were intimidated by the “principle” offender, and at least two of them owed him money. That accused was also charged and his matters are still before the court.
Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly, who agreed with the recommended sentence, said Davidson moved from Manitoba with his mother some years ago when he was a young man, and has struggled with substance abuse.
“This has been a long haul for Mr. Davidson,” Connolly said.
In addition to his jail sentence, Davidson must submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank, and he is prohibited for life from possessing weapons.

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