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A Yukon deputy judge has sentenced a man to more than two years in a federal prison for multiple offences, including assault with a weapon.
Tristian Shayne Richard Greenland, 30, appeared in territorial court Wednesday before Deputy Judge Martin Lambert.
Greenland had been set to stand trial that day, but instead decided to plead guilty to four charges.
He was facing two counts of assault with a weapon, one count of resisting a peace officer, and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
Luke Faught, Greenland’s lawyer, told the court his client would change his plea to guilty of the assaults and breaches. He added that he and the Crown had a joint submission ready to present.
Crown prosecutor Ben Eberhard said he was seeking a stay of proceedings on the resist charge. He next read the facts in the case.
Greenland had been placed on probation on Oct. 5, 2018. It included conditions where Greenland had to keep the peace and not drink alcohol.
On Jan. 16, 2019, Whitehorse RCMP received a report of a fight in a residence on Taylor Street. Greenland was found to be fighting with a youth and another individual, and was arrested.
Police found a metal crutch with blood and hair on it. A metal rod found also had blood on it.
One of the victims was taken to the Whitehorse General Hospital.
Eberhard said Greenland gave police a fake last name. The accused, at the time, claimed he’d legally changed his name, but could provide no documentation to back up the claim.
The Crown explained that Greenland later admitted to police that he’d lied about his identity, confirming that Greenland is his real last name.
Eberhard told the court that the fight began when someone at the residence refused to pour Greenland a shot of alcohol. He became angry and the assault took place, involving the crutch and the rod.
Greenland had only met the other individuals earlier that day.
Faught went over the joint submission. Greenland would get one year for each assault and one day for each breach.
The sentence for the two assaults and one breach would be served consecutively. The second breach would be concurrent, equating to two years plus one day.
He explained that the additional day on the sentence is to avoid putting Greenland on probation. He said his client has demonstrated that he does not do well when on probation.
Faught said these were his client’s eighth and ninth assault charges, which he acknowledged is not good. He told the court that Greenland hopes he will get access to federal programming while in prison to deal with his issues.
“He’s really sorry for the pain that he has caused,” Faught said.
Greenland is originally from Inuvik, N.W.T., Faught said. He moved to the Yukon around 2011.
Faught said there are relevant Gladue factors, but his client is waiving his right to have them read in court.
Eberhard spoke briefly on the joint submission. He said it takes into account all circumstances of the case and the accused, and meets all principles of sentencing.
The Crown hopes that with programming at the federal level, Greenland’s involvement in the court process will come to an end.
Before imposing a sentence, Lambert said Greenland is heading toward a regrettable situation in his life. He indicated that Greenland could be designated as a dangerous or long-term offender if he does not change his life.
He said the level of violence in this case in concerning. He gave credit for the guilty plea, as it saved the victims from having to testify.
He approved the joint submission as presented, and included a DNA order and a 10-year firearm prohibition.
“Good luck to you, Sir,” Lambert said.
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