Nurse attacker gets suspended sentence

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A city man who attacked a nurse with a metal bar and threatened to kill him at the Cornwall Community Hospital three years ago has been given a suspended sentence.

Jason Lauzon, 38, was sentenced Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in a city courtroom.

Lauzon was found guilty on the most serious charges of aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, uttering threats and failing to comply with a probation order.

Court records show each of the charges received a one day suspended sentence.

That’s because the court gave Lauzon pre-trial custody credit of just over six years (74 months). Pre-trial custody is typically credited at 1.5 days for each day serviced in pre-sentence.

The balance of the charges were withdrawn at the request of the Crown.

The plea deal avoided a judge and jury trial, which had been scheduled in April.

Lauzon will be on probation for two years, has to submit a DNA sample, pay an $800 victim fine surcharge within two years and is banned from owning or possessing weapons for life.

The nurse, who received several blows from a metal bar in the August 2014 attack, suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.