LETHBRIDGE: A 15-year old Fort Macleod youth was given two years of probation Wednesday afternoon on charges of assault with a weapon and arson.
The assault with a weapon charge was substituted in for one of attempted murder last month.
On March 10th of 2012, when the youth was just 13, he beat a sleeping 17-year old with a baseball bat because of an argument over a video game console. The youth then started a fire in the family home, where four other people were sleeping, and watched from across the street.
Fortunately a young man who had been visiting woke up, noticed the smoke and got everyone to safety.
The 17-year old victim was airlifted to Calgary with life-threatening injuries to his head and neck, but has since made full physical recovery.
The lawyer for the youth explained that her client suffers from mental deficits, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, noting that his birth mother abused several substances while pregnant with him. It was also noted that since the incident he spent a total of 15-months under conditions, nine of which were in custody.
As part of the probation the youth must take any counselling and treatment that's recommended by his probation officer. He also must attend either school or a training program and have no contact with the victim.