The defense lawyer for a man sentenced to 12 years in jail for his part in an assault on Richard Suter says his client is disappointed with the decision.
Steven Vollrath was found guilty of kidnapping Suter and cutting off one of his thumbs last year.
His attorney, Paul Moreau, told Global News that it was a severe but fair decision.
“Judge Johnson delivered written reasons for her sentence, which we have not yet had a chance to look at,” Moreau said. “Without knowing her reasoning, I can only comment on the final result. The sentence of 12 years that was imposed is, in my view, at the high end of the range. But not outside the range of available sentences.”
“Of course he’s facing a very long term in prison now,” Moreau said. “Understandably, he’s very unhappy about that.”
Vollrath maintains to this day that this is a case of mistaken identity, and that’s why he can’t identify the other two suspects in the case.
“He feels he’s the victim of mistaken identity and feels he’s been set up,” Moreau said.
Crown Prosecutor Jim Stewart doesn’t believe that.
Stewart said the judge made the right call with her sentence.
“My position all along, that series of deliberate acts on the part of Mr. Vollrath deserve a significant consequence. And that’s what Judge Johnson delivered today,” Stewart said. “
There’s no word if the defense will appeal the decision. With files from Global News (km)