Sentence in 2018 stabbing at Cornwall bar

In this June 2018, file photo, Cornwall police investigators go through the contents of a pickup truck outside Bill's Sports Bar on Thirteenth Street West after an overnight stabbing. Gyasi Burke, 38, of Chateauguay, Que. will serve another two years in prison for the stabbing. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A Quebec man will be spending another two years in prison for a stabbing outside a Cornwall bar in 2018.

Gyasi Burke, 38, of Chateauguay, Que. was sentenced Dec. 18 in a plea deal where he avoided a charge of attempted murder.

Instead, he pled guilty to aggravated assault, as well as charges of possession of a dangerous weapon and assault. Another five charges were withdrawn by the Crown, according to court records.

Burke was arrested on a warrant by Montreal police in September 2018, three months after a 31-year-old man was seriously injured after he was stabbed multiple times with a knife during a fight outside Bill’s Sports Bar on Thirteenth Street West. According to Cornwall police, the fight started shortly after Burke was “belligerent” with a woman inside the bar.

Judge Johanne Lafrance-Cardinal sentenced Burke to five years in prison for the aggravated assault. He was given enhanced credit for pretrial custody of 1,252 days, credited at one-and-a-half times, for a total of five years. He will serve another 19 months on that charge.

He was also given a sentence of two years for the possession of a dangerous weapon charge and six months for the assault. All of the sentences will be served at the same time.

After completing his sentence, Burke will be on probation for three years, but he won’t have to report to a probation officer, records show.

He is also forbidden from possessing weapons for the rest of his life and is subject to a non-communication order for other people involved in the stabbing.

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