Crown wins appeal, RCMP attackers going to jail

By James Peters
June 13, 2017 - 10:30am Updated: June 13, 2017 - 12:22pm

KAMLOOPS — Two men convicted of beating a Kamloops RCMP officer until he was unconscious will go to jail after all.

Jerry Lamar and Leon Leclerc were convicted in the brutal beating of Cst. Paul Koester near Pritchard in July of 2014.

Koester had opened an impaired driving investigation after a traffic stop, and the attack was captured on his cruiser's dash camera.

However, Justice Dev Dley gave both conditional sentences including house arrest, despite calling them "cowardly bullies flexing muscles as back-alley thugs."

The Crown appealed the conditional sentences, saying jail time was more appropriate, and the BC Court of Appeal agreed.

Lamar will serve 12 months in jail, and Leclerc received a 15 month jail term.

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