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Ontario man sentenced to 12 years for sexual assault of Calgary woman in 1995

FILE: The exterior of the Calgary Courts Centre in downtown Calgary. Global News

A Calgary man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman more than 20 years ago has been sentenced.

In May, Wayne Howard Bernard was found guilty of sexual assault with a weapon, kidnapping and robbery in connection with the March 1995 attack.

The charges came to light in April 2015.

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Police said the 51-year-old victim was closing up a restaurant on Macleod Trail near 11 Avenue S.E. when a man forced his way in and assaulted her. He then forced her into her vehicle and drove her to the city’s outskirts, where he sexually assaulted her and left her on the side of the road.

She was rescued after flagging down a passerby.

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Alberta Justice confirms Howard, who is now 56, was sentenced in court on Friday to 12 years in prison.

He was given credit for three years, six months and three weeks in pre-trial custody, leaving about eight-and-a-half years left to serve.