LETHBRIDGE: Edward Allen Speidel entered guilty pleas to robbery and drug trafficking Wednesday afternoon, in connection with a pair of armed robberies last fall.
He admitted that on September 19th he robbed a pharmacy with a fake handgun, taking narcotics, which he sold the next day. Five days later he went into a convenience store, also with the fake handgun, escaping with cash and cigarettes.
Speidel's lawyer recommended a term in prison between seven and 12-years, while the Crown is asking for 20-years.
Speidel does have a very long history of robberies, with the Crown noting that the two incidents are the 17th and 18th robberies that he's been convicted of, and Speidel telling the court that he's spent roughly 30-years behind bars for his various crimes. His last major conviction was back in 1993, when he was given a 16-year sentence for robbing a bank with an assault rifle.
Speidel also told the court that while he knows he's done bad things and scared a lot of people, he's never physically harmed anyone.
The lawyer representing Speidel did note that his client, who was 53-years old at the time of his arrest, does have some health issues and may not live to see freedom again under the Crown's suggested sentence.
The judge will deliver his decision June 20th.