Violent home invader gets 10 years
A Winnipeg man who beat and bound a West Kildonan homeowner and terrorized his young daughter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Christopher Michael Brisson pleaded guilty to one count of housebreak entry and committing robbery.
Court heard Brisson and another man broke into a Perth Avenue home on Feb. 2, 2009, and falsely announced themselves as police officers. A 12-year-old girl, the lone occupant in the house at the time, was on the phone with her parents when the men stormed in.
Brisson and his partner were looking for drugs and money but had the wrong house, court was told.
The girl’s father called police and went to the home. When he arrived, Brisson and his partner tied the man up, beat him with the butt of a gun and threatened to use a drill on his kneecap.
Brisson and his partner were ransacking the house when police arrived and chased them out the back door. They were arrested on Scotia Street, where police seized a knife and an air gun from them.
Brisson received double credit for time served, reducing his remaining sentence to seven years.
Co-accused Richard Karl Petrowski remains before the courts.
Brisson made the news last December when he was charged with contempt of court after he refused to testify against two Hells Angels accused of assaulting him.
Brisson’s refusal to testify resulted in the Crown staying charges against Sean Wolfe and Corey MacInnis.
Wolfe remains in custody in connection with a massive police sting targeting organized crime.