Hopley case put over until November

Admitted child abductor Randall Hopley will continue to wait to hear his sentence after his case was put over to set a new date.

Randall Hopley will have to wait to hear his sentence after completing a 60-day assessment to determine if he is a dangerous or long term offender.

On October 15, counsel for Hopley, William Thorne and Crown Counsel Lynal Doerksen asked to put the matter over to November 19 to set a new date for the continuation of his sentencing hearing in Cranbrook Supreme Court.

Hopley was remanded into the custody of the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission for 60 days on August 9. Should he be deemed a dangerous offender (DO), Hopley could be imprisoned indefinitely. He has pleaded guilty to abducting three-year-old Kienan Hebert in September, 2011.

Should Hopley be granted dangerous offender status, he would join a line of notorious Canadian criminals. The status delivers an indefinite sentence, and is the toughest punishment available to Canadian Crown counsel.

In stunning video testimony played in Supreme Court on July 18, Hopley admitted to police that he abducted the boy from his Sparwood home in September, 2011. The father of the boy, Paul Hebert, also appeared in the video evidence, counselling the man who abducted his child and offering help.

Hopley pleaded guilty to two charges from the abduction and charges relating to a break and enter in Alberta two years ago.

He is charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offence, break and enter and commit an indictable offence, and possession of stolen property over $5,000 stemming from an incident in the Crowsnest Pass in May 2010.

Just Posted

An interview with a magician

2018 Magic Variety Show hits Key City Theatre

New slant on the next play

Cranbrook Community Theatre tries something new with next play

Fundraiser set up after car accident

Bystander fishing at nearby lake describes springing into action after hearing the collision.

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

The tradition carries on

Locals Coffee House, Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Studio Stage Door

The polls, the polls are confusing

There’s good news and bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The… Continue reading

World O’ Words: No stumpage fees for the speechmakers

As long as man has been using fire, he has been chopping… Continue reading

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

Most Read