Alexandra Zabjek, Edmonton, AB (Edmonton Journal) – Three men have been sentenced to five years in prison for the vicious beating of a pair of junior RCMP constables, including punching a female officer with brass knuckles.
Patrick Ramsey Carifelle, Keith Roland Carifelle and Clinton Miles Carifelle pleaded guilty in Peace River earlier this month to aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm in Cadotte Lake, about 80 kilometres northeast of Peace River.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Patrick and Keith Carifelle were en route to a party there on March 21, 2010, when they talked about beating up police officers.
An early-morning caller who identified himself as “Carifelle” phoned 911 several times, making obscene comments to a female dispatcher. He also said he wanted to fight the police.
At one point in the evening, homeowner Darlene Cardinal called 911 and said Patrick Carifelle was involved in a fight at the home.
When constables Rylee Guckert and Nicole Quick arrived and entered the home, they asked to speak with Patrick Carifelle, who went into the kitchen with the officers, where they were assaulted.
According to the agreed statement of facts, Patrick Carifelle struggled with Guckert in the kitchen, pinning the constable on the kitchen table. Clinton Carifelle then jumped into the fracas, punching him in the face.
When Quick went to the aid of her partner, Clinton Carifelle punched her in the face repeatedly with brass knuckles. Clinton and Keith Carifelle continued to kick and punch her in the face when she was on the floor.
The officers tried to use pepper spray and a Taser on the brothers. They eventually managed to get out of the home and met up with paramedics, who took them to hospital.
At the time, Quick had one year’s experience on the force and Guckert had two years’, an RCMP spokesman said.
Both plan to return to their duties after recovering, the force says.