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Man gets 30 days jail for failing to provide DNA

Ryan Horseman apologizes for wasting court’s time, looking forward to putting it in his past
Boyle Provincial Court ext summer

BOYLE – A Horse Lake First Nation man will spend 30 days in jail for failing to submit a DNA sample as required by a court order.

In Boyle Court of Justice May 23, Ryan Randall Horseman, 39, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a DNA order, as part of a joint submission from Crown prosecutor Nicole Parker, and Ilse Torres-Quezada, who was acting as an agent for Horseman’s attorney Daniel Murphy.

Justice Thomas Achtymichuk agreed to the joint sentence that will see Horseman spend 30 days in jail and pay a $100 victim-surcharge fine — the time will be consecutively with any other sentences he’s currently serving.

“It satisfies the public-interest test for joint submissions; I don’t just substitute my own opinion. I won’t go into detail, other than to say that other than the early guilty plea, the Gladue Report factors, and your record for breaching conditions before, that this is well within the range of sentencing,” said Justice Achtymichuk.

Horseman, appearing from the Edmonton Remand Centre via CCTV, apologized for wasting the court’s time. Parker told court that Horseman was required to submit samples of bodily substances that are required for DNA analysis by Nov. 30, 2022, but failed to do so.

“I just want to start by saying I’m sorry for the time I wasted of yours, the court’s, and my attorney’s. Upon my release I plan on getting the proper medication for my diagnoses, and I look forward to putting this in my past and moving on with my future,” said Horseman, who received diagnoses for ADHD and other conditions during his incarceration.

Torres-Quezada told court that Horseman had a Grade 11 education but had some training as a welder and a carpenter, which he plans to use once he is released. During his current sentence, Horseman has completed multiple courses, including ones on anger management and better parenting. There were also Gladue Report factors to consider as Horseman comes from a line of residential school survivors, including his father and grandfather, and he attended one himself.

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