Slave Lake man gets 75 days in jail for drunken assault

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

A judge in High Prairie Provincial Court sentenced a Slave Lake man to 75 days in jail last week, for assault with a weapon.
Mark David Gladue, of Slave Lake, was intoxicated, the court heard, when he started to argue with a female he was with in a home in Atikameg on Dec. 23. He had a dinner knife in his hand when she fell to the ground.
“He grabbed her by the throat and applied pressure,” said Crown Prosecutor Petter Hurich. “He has a history of assaulting her, abusing her.”
The two have been in an on-again, off-again relationship, lawyer Harry Jong said.
“They both took out a dinner knife and waved them back and forth,” he said. “They were both upset with each other.”
Gladue is remorseful for what he did.
“I’m sick of drinking, I want to straighten my life,” he told the court, via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre. “It’s gone too far.”
After he is released, Gladue will serve probation for nine months.
“You have to work at how to stay sober,” the judge said.
Gladue was ordered to take treatment for alcohol during his probation.
In other news from High Prairie Provincial Court, Robbie Lee Letendre, 33, of Slave Lake, was sentenced to five days in jail, with full credit for time served, for mischief causing damage under $5,000.
He broke a door to an apartment unit in Slave Lake on Jan. 18, the Crown said.
“The door was kicked in,” Hurich said.
While inside, he also phoned 911 because he wanted to turn himself in.
Letendre was intoxicated and was seeking warmth because it was cold outside, duty counsel Jong said.
“He went to a vacant apartment building and slept.”
The Crown noted the accused has record of similar crimes.
“Petty property crimes have been a problem for Mr. Letendre,” Hurich said.

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