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Bolt cutter assault results in two month sentence

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on March 16, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Using a pair of bolt cutters to assault someone has earned a 26-year-old man a stint behind bars.
Charles Louis Panther Bone was sentenced Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to two months in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with a weapon.
Court was told that on Dec. 1, 2020 Panther Bone stole a mountain bike from a northside residence, but was seen by the homeowner as he was walking the bike down the driveway. The homeowner caught up to the thief as he was getting ready to ride away, and kicked the rear tire, knocking Panther Bone off the bike.
Panther Bone pulled out a 12-inch pair of bolt cutters and threw them at the homeowner, but missed. Panther Bone then began swinging an identified object at the man, who managed to grab his bike and return to his residence, where he called police.
Police arrested Panther Bone a short time later, and he confessed to the offence and apologized to the victim.
Panther Bone also pleaded guilty to theft of the mountain bike and was sentenced to an additional 30 days in jail, and he received 60 more days in jail for a charge of break and enter.
At about 1 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2020 Panther Bone was recorded by a residential security camera as he forced open a locked gate then broke into a locked shed, from which he stole a mountain bike. The video footage was circulated throughout the Lethbridge Police Service, and a community peace officer identified Panther Bone.
Lethbridge lawyer Tracy Hembroff pointed out her client suffers from addictions – which contributed to his offences – and both his parents died within the last decade, also from addictions.
“He has very little family left,” Hembroff said, adding that even though he has a sister, she also struggles with addictions.
Panther Bone was sentenced to a total of five months in jail, but given credit for the equivalent amount of time he has spent in custody, which concludes his sentence. He remains in custody, however, on a charge of aggravated assault, and returns to court on that matter next week.

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