Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Reduced sentence for troubled criminal

  • Print

It was the type of crime which typically cries out for a lengthy prison sentence, but Lawrence Harper will only do two years behind bars, thanks largely to a slew of cognitive issues which a Manitoba judge says must be considered.

Harper, 32, was sentenced today for a random robbery and sexual assault on a young female victim who was walking downtown. The much larger Harper punched and kicked her, rummaged through her pockets to grab loose change and tried to pull her clothes off before a passing motorist scared him away.

The victim, who was not in court, continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress and described hitting "rock-bottom emotionally" in a statement presented to the court.

Queen’s Bench Justice Rick Saull said he was giving Harper a lighter sentence than other offenders might have received because of several factors: Harper suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, is schizophrenic, has a long history of substance addiction and had a "chaotic childhood" filled with neglect and abuse.

"Sentencing is a very individualized process," said Saull, describing Harper as someone who has a "limited ability to function in society." Still, the judge rejected Harper’s request for even more leniency in the form of a suspended sentence which would have kept him free in the community. Saull said a period in prison is needed, where hopefully Harper will take advantage of the various programs and treatment options he desperately needs.

Harper will also be placed on three years of supervised probation upon his release from custody.

www.mikeoncrime.com

 

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Rinelle Harper and family thank man who found her

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009
  • Someone or thing is taking advantage of the inactivity at Kapyong Barracks,hundreds of Canada Geese-See Joe Bryksa’s goose a day for 30 days challenge- Day 15- May 22, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you concerned about the death of a seal at the Assiniboine Park Zoo?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google