REGINA – The man who assaulted and robbed former Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Al Ford outside of a liquor store on South Albert in early May was sentenced on Wednesday in Provincial Court.
22-year-old Jarrel Ashton Desjarlais of Regina plead guilty to the violent robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Desjarlais must also submit a sample of his DNA and is banned from owning a firearm for ten years.
The Crown and defense jointly recommended the sentence. The Senior Crown Prosecutor in the case said it reflects the seriousness of the crime.
“The facts here are aggravating. It’s broad daylight, street robbery,” said Kim Jones. “The message the crown wanted to send, denunciation of deterrence is paramount, that this kind of activity won’t be tolerated here in Regina.”
Police were called to the South Albert liquor store on May 12 when it was reported that 70-year-old Ford was punched in the face after he refused to give up his purchase.
A CT scan showed no brain injury, but Ford suffered a broken right orbital bone and a hairline fracture in his left jaw.
Police originally arrested 29-year-old Tyler Leon Joe Alexson for the crime, but those charges were stayed.