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Soldier gets 3 years

<p>An Edmonton soldier found guilty of raping a female recruit in a bathroom stall will now serve three years in prison, a judge ruled yesterday.</p>

Rape victim says she’s ‘ecstatic’ with sentence


An Edmonton soldier found guilty of raping a female recruit in a bathroom stall will now serve three years in prison, a judge ruled yesterday.





Master Cpl. Orman Savage, 38, was convicted last summer of sexually assaulting the woman at a party held at the end of the first month of basic training.





The Crown was seeking a three and a half year prison sentence while the defence was seeking a conditional sentence.





But provincial court Judge Albert Chrumka said the incident, occurring three years ago, was a moment in time that should never have happened.





“You took advantage of an opportunity and it changed your life and the victim’s life,” Chrumka said to Savage.





The victim, who can’t be identified because of a publication ban, read a statement yesterday stating that she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after the attack, causing her to drop out of school.





Outside of the courthouse, she said she’s elated over the sentencing and hopes it sends a strong message to other victims of sexual assault that they don’t have to hide anymore and can see their attackers prosecuted.





“I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I’m very pleased with what’s gone on and I just hope this is the last time I have to deal with this.”





Throughout the trial, Savage has maintained that he’s innocent and he appeared unemotional yesterday as he was handcuffed and then taken into custody.





Before Savage walked away with armed guards, he talked with his wife, who stood in shock as people left the courtroom.





Defence lawyer Brian Beresh told Metro that he will be filing an appeal this week, citing “fairness and procedures” of the criminal trial.





“His family is very disappointed with the entire criminal justice system,” he said.





Beresh had previously asked the judge to declare a mistrial on grounds that Savage’s first lawyer made an error. The outcome of the application has yet to be determined.



 
 
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