A Fort St. John man was sentenced Tuesday to two years probation for an aggravated assault nearly two years ago.
Tyson Maurice, 23, pleaded guilty in BC Supreme Court to using a hunting knife against two men during a fight on July 19, 2019.
They had been drinking and hanging out with Maurice at his home, along with three others, all acquaintances, court heard.
The group of five initially left the home after hanging out, but later returned to retrieve a missing cellphone. They searched both Maurice’s residence and car but did not find the phone, and a verbal disagreement started between Maurice and the two men, court heard.
The situation escalated, with one man starting a physical fight with Maurice on the front lawn, who pulled a hunting knife from his waistband. The other man attempted to get the knife away from Maurice and was cut on the hand in the process, court heard.
Maurice continued to wrestle with the other man, and stabbed him in the leg during the scuffle. Police arrived and arrested Maurice, while the stab victim was taken to hospital.
Maurice had been on house arrest for eight months prior to sentencing, and was given credit of ten and a half months for time served in custody.
A no weapon order prohibits him from possessing knives, and he’s also expected to complete anti-violence counselling as part of his release conditions.
Court heard both men made full recoveries from their wounds, and expressed no ill toward Maurice. However, a no contact order forbids Maurice from seeing them.
Maurice was remorseful at sentencing, and said he’s motivated to mature and that being a father to his five-year-old son is his priority.
“It’s been quite some time since I accumulated these charges. I feel really bad about the whole thing. I just want to move on, work, be a father to my son, and become a better person,” said Maurice.
Justice Martha Devlin presided over the matter by video and said rehabilitation was appropriate.
“I think it’s safe to say that Mr. Maurice has matured and taken on adult responsibilities,” said Devlin. “I agree with the crown that in this particular case, rehabilitation is key.”
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Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News