Josiah Blackplume sentenced to prison and sex offender registry
Josiah Blackplume learned his fate in provincial court today.
The Battleford-area man admitted to robbing a jogger near the river and sexually assaulting a student in a U of S parking lot last month.
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Blackplume apologized for his actions from the prisoner's box.
Judge Rosemary Weisgerber said the early guilty plea and apology convinced her he was sincere and remorseful.
However, after reading through the victim impact statements and considering his youth record, she decided a four-year prison sentence was appropriate. She added the trauma he caused did not only affect the two victims, it extends to the community at large.
Along with the prison sentence, Blackplume is on the sex offender registry for life and has a ten year firearm ban.
"There is no question you're a deeply troubled man," Weisgerber said, citing attempted suicides, FASD, schizophrenia and sexual abuse as a child.
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