September 13, 2017 4:21 pm
Updated: September 13, 2017 4:24 pm

Man who injured Alberta toddler in drive-by shooting to be released from jail

A file photo of Asia Saddleback from 2010.

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A gang member who shot a toddler on a central Alberta first nation is to be released from jail when his sentence expires later this month.

Christopher Crane was convicted for a drive-by shooting that wounded Asia Saddleback of the Samson Cree Nation in 2008.

The girl was 23 months old when she was hit by a stray bullet as she was eating dinner with relatives.

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While serving his sentence, Crane had his statutory release revoked three times over drug and safety concerns, including this month after he admitted to injecting drugs at a halfway house earlier this summer.

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A Parole Board of Canada report released Wednesday said Crane would present a risk to society without supervision.

It notes he was involved in multiple assaults on staff and other inmates and hasn’t completed any core programming to deal with his problems.

Crane is serving the remaining few days in custody at a halfway house until his sentence expires on Sept. 24.

READ MORE: Man who shot toddler blames drugs and alcohol

Saddleback survived the gunshot wound, but doctors were unable to remove the bullet lodged between her liver and spine.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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