Former Calgary Stampeders star Joffrey Reynolds sentenced to 90 days in jail

 

Time to be served on weekends; also gets two years probation

 
 
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Former Calgary Stampeders star Joffrey Reynolds sentenced to 90 days in jail
 

Joffrey Reynolds, shown leaving court with lawyer Randi Collins in February after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, will likely face deportation to the United States after serving his 90-day sentence.

Photograph by: Calgary Herald/Files , Calgary Herald

Calgary Stampeders all-time rushing leader Joffrey Reynolds’ fall from grace was completed Friday when has was sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends, plus two years probation for assaulting his ex-girlfriend last summer.

As part of the sentence meted out by provincial court Judge Brian Stevenson, Reynolds also must write an apology letter to the victim, Kaitlin (Katy) Ward, by June 30 and make a charitable donation of $5,000 to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter by March 31, 2015.

He will spend the first six months under house arrest, then a year under a curfew.

Stevenson said although the July 14 offences, of which he convicted Reynolds, had “some components of domestic, it was more of a friendship,” as their relationship had broken up six months prior.

The judge found Reynolds guilty Feb. 25 of assaulting the woman when he kicked her in the back of the leg following an argument during a party at Black Betty’s bar, then of unlawfully being in her Eau Claire residence and assaulting her causing bodily harm later in the morning.

“At Black Betty’s, there was some discussion about Reynolds’ infidelity, then an argument between Reynolds and Ward,” said Stevenson. “After Reynolds kicked her, he decided to go to Ward’s residence, where he was denied entry twice by the concierge at the initiation of Ward.”

The judge said the offender managed to get into Ward’s apartment through a patio door and went into the home, but did not go there with the intent of assaulting her. It was when she arrived home and told him to leave that the assault occurred.

Ward had testified that when she went to the front door and told him to leave, he “tackled” her, then threw her to the ground and tried to strangle or choke her.

Reynolds berated her and called her derogatory names, she said.

Ward, 27, wrote in her victim-impact statement read in court by Crown prosecutor Hyatt Mograbee that she has lived in fear of Reynolds since the attack nearly a year ago.

“It’s been difficult to digest how someone I trusted and was always supportive of can betray and harm me in such a terrible way,” Ward wrote.

“It’s about a year later now and I still think about the crime when entering my home at night. I was very worried after he was found guilty and not sentenced immediately that he would attack me again. This is a person who has an extreme temper that can’t control it.”

Ward said the media publicity from the case has also been difficult on her, as she was left without the option of keeping the incident private by only telling her parents and close friends.

Reynolds showed little sign of emotion as he avoided a potential federal penitentiary sentence.

Crown prosecutor Hyatt Mograbee had earlier argued for a prison sentence of two to three years for Reynolds, who was a perennial all-star football player who ran for 9,213 yards in eight Canadian Football League seasons and was a member of the 2008 Grey Cup champions.

However, she said outside court the sentence was within the acceptable range under case law.

“This assault has a domestic context to it,” said Mograbee. “During the time of separation is the greatest vulnerability in a domestic relationship.

“Before the assault at the bar, Ms. Ward told Mr. Reynolds not to come to her home that night. She was clear about that, but it was later determined the offender made great lengths to get into her house, despite what she told him. This was not an impulsive act, it was deliberate . . . Mr. Reynolds had many opportunities to think about what he was doing, but he did not. He persisted and found a way to gain entry through a patio door.”

Reynolds, a native of Texas, also faces deportation to the United States.

Defence lawyer Bjorn Hirsanyi, who agreed deportation is almost a certainty, said it was a spontaneous incident after Reynolds was told he couldn’t stay. He argued for a non-custodial sentence.

Hirsanyi pitched either an 18-month suspended sentence or a conditional sentence to be served in the community on strict conditions. If jail was the only alternative, he said, it should be no more than 90 days.

“The sentence I propose will allow Mr. Reynolds to obtain counselling,” Hirsanyi told the judge. “Rehabilitation is what he needs so he can move on with his life. He needs anger management and to deal with substance abuse to push him in the right direction.”

Stevenson ordered Reynolds to take domestic violence and substance-abuse counselling, not consume alcohol and not possess any firearms or other weapons.

Reynolds, 33, had appeared stunned but otherwise showed little emotion after the verdict. Again, there was little emotion after the sentence and he was not asked to nor did he make any statement in court.

Stevenson also ordered Reynolds to provide a DNA sample, and not possess any alcohol or weapons.

Reynolds appeared before the Immigration Board after his arrest last summer and had to surrender his passport when released pending trial.

He also still faces a charge of breaching bail conditions by contacting Ward. He will be back in court on Monday to deal with it.

dslade@calgaryherald.com

Twitter:@heraldcourt

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joffrey Reynolds, shown leaving court with lawyer Randi Collins in February after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, will likely face deportation to the United States after serving his 90-day sentence.
 

Joffrey Reynolds, shown leaving court with lawyer Randi Collins in February after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, will likely face deportation to the United States after serving his 90-day sentence.

Photograph by: Calgary Herald/Files, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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