Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Man Gets 3 Years for Writing 'Snitch' on Man's Chest with Torch, Knife

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Man Gets 3 Years for Writing 'Snitch' on Man's Chest with Torch, Knife

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Man sentenced for branding man's chest with torch

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RED DEER, Alta. - An Alberta man who burned "snitch" on his captive's chest has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Darren Curtis Lagrelle, 20, pleaded guilty today to forcible confinement and aggravated assault in Red Deer Court of Queen's Bench.

Crown prosecutor Ann MacDonald said Lagrelle held another man at rifle point in a room at Red Deer's Alladin Motor Inn on July 30, 2015.

Lagrelle demanded to know if the man had snitched on another person years before.

He took the man into the bathroom and used a knife and a torch to burn the word "snitch" into the man's chest.

The man's ordeal ended when RCMP, who had been looking to arrest Lagrelle on outstanding warrants, descended on the room. …

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