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Oakes pleads guilty in Maple Creek stabbing

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Maple Creek
NEWS FILE PHOTO/COURTESY OF APTN. Connie Oakes, who was found guilty of the 2011 second-degree murder of city resident Casey Armstrong, during a jailhouse interview with APTN conducted last fall. Oakes was charged after an alleged stabbing in Maple Creek on April 5.

Sean McIntosh
Twitter: @SeanMCNews

One of the two charged after an alleged stabbing in Maple Creek pleaded guilty recently.

Connie Oakes, once convicted of second-degree murder only to have that decision overturned, pled guilty April 20 at Swift Current Provincial Court to aggravated assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats charges.

A sentencing hearing will be held June 7 in Swift Current.

Ricky Lee Rockthunder of Nekaneet First Nation received the same charges as a result of the incident.

He was denied bail at his hearing and will appear in court again May 10 at 10:30 a.m.

The two were originally scheduled for a court appearance on April 19, but it was delayed until the following day.

The alleged stabbing came just one year after Oakes was found not guilty in the stabbing death of Casey Armstrong in Medicine Hat in 2011.

Oakes was originally sentenced in 2013 and released in April, 2016 after the sole witness of the crime, Wendy Scott, was found to be unreliable due to her inconsistent testimony and low cognitive ability.

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