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Court Update: Two Trials in Murder Case, Community Sentence for Copper Wire Theft Accused

A fourth defendant, Melissa Aletha Healey, is due to be sentenced on December 1 after being found guilty of forcible confinement.

A fifth person, Krista Marie Healey, was charged as an accessory after the fact. A stay of proceedings has been in effect since last November.

Commander’s family launched the Kyler Kindness Fund last fall, something they hope to give back to the community.

Most serious charge dismissed or withdrawn for robbery/arrest by forcible confinement

Alberta Justice said the most serious charges against two men charged with robbery and arrest by forcible confinement have been dismissed or withdrawn.

Braydan Michael Morrison faced 13 counts, including robbery, forcible confinement and sexual assault. These three were dismissed on June 9 by the Grande Prairie court.

The Grande Prairie man was sentenced to nine months in prison in November after pleading guilty to charges of fleeing a peace officer, driving a vehicle while prohibited and non-compliance with a release order.

On June 9, charges of robbery, forcible confinement and two weapons charges against Tyler Justin Timothy Horseman of Horse Lake were dropped. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail for possession of stolen property under $5,000.

They were arrested after Beaverlodge RCMP received a report of robbery and forcible confinement in Horse Lake First Nation on February 18, 2021.

The two men were arrested three days later.

Community sentence for second defendant in copper wire theft

Alberta Justice says a second man charged with stealing copper wire last year has been given a community sentence.

Robert Yates was sentenced to a six-month community sentence after pleading guilty to three counts on June 22 in court in Grande Prairie.

These included mischief causing damage, theft under $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance.

These sentences are served in the community, not in prison, and come with conditions.

Yates and Lloyd Hagedorn, both of Grande Prairie, were arrested on April 2, 2021.

RCMP said at the time they saw two suspects committing an offense at two oilfield sites northwest of Grande Prairie.

Police conducted a traffic stop, which led to the discovery of freshly cut copper wires in the suspect’s possession and damage to these oil sites.

In April 2022, Hagedorn pleaded guilty to five counts, including theft under $5,000, theft from a peace officer, and disobedience.

He was sentenced to 450 days in prison to cover these charges and pleaded guilty in another arrest with similar charges.

Charges dropped in Peace River drug arrest

Alberta’s Justice Department says charges against two men arrested in a drug case in Peace River in March have been dropped.

The dozen charges against Justin Jesse Christian and two others against Ryan Alexander Cardinal were dropped on June 13 in Peace River court.

They were charged after a search of a vehicle, home and business in Peace River on May 5, 2022. An investigation began in March.

RCMP said at the time they seized just over five ounces of cocaine packaged for trafficking, a loaded handgun, more than $30,000 in cash and 95,000 contraband cigarettes.