(News Bulletin file)

Vancouver Island man who pleaded guilty to beating over drug debt handed nine-year jail sentence

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has sentenced a man involved in the 2016 restraining and beating of a man addicted to drugs to nine years in jail, with no credit for time served.

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne was arrested on Nov. 29, 2016, during police operations at residences on Ninth Street and Cedar Road. Lamontagne, who was out on bail at the time for a 2015 manslaughter charge in Victoria, pleaded guilty in May to charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, possession of controlled substances (including fentanyl and the date rape drug) for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a loaded handgun.

The victim was tied up, beaten, stomped, punched and kicked. Weapons were used, including a Taser, and he was dumped at Diver Lake Park in central Nanaimo in the middle of the night in November. The man suffered injuries, including broken ribs, hand and a punctured lung, Nick Barber, Crown counsel, said during his submissions.

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Sentencing began on Tuesday with Barber seeking a 10-year global prison sentence and Stephen Taylor, Lamontagne’s legal counsel, a two-year sentence with probation. In the end, Judge Jeanne Watchuk ruled that Lamontagne would spend nine years behind bars.

More to come.


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