October 09, 2014 - 12:52 PM
PENTICTON - Wilfred Charles Baptiste will keep his criminal designation as a long-term offender after his appeal to have the designation removed was dismissed.
Baptiste did not think he fit the long-term offender criteria and appealed to have the designation removed. The appeal was dismissed by Justice Wilcock in Penticton Supreme Court on Sept. 23, 2014. Baptiste was labelled a long-term offender after his dangerous offender hearing and sentencing in 2008.
On Dec. 8, 2006 Baptiste was convicted of the July 15 and 16, 2005 aggravated assault and robbery of Steven Hoover. Crown applied to have him declared a dangerous offender, however the judge ruled Baptiste fit the description of a long-term offender, due to his lengthy (but not seriously violent) criminal past. He found “although Mr. Baptiste presently represents a high risk to re-offend, the nature and severity of his risk eventually can be sufficiently contained within the community to justify a long-term offender designation.”
Baptiste was sentenced on Aug. 1, 2008 to 15 years in jail followed by a long-term supervision order of 10 years.
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