Four year sentence for Hay River robbery not unconstitutional, judge rules

A Hay River man who robbed a gas bar at gun point was handed a four year sentence in NWT Supreme court Monday, despite a challenge from his lawyer who said the lengthy sentence was unconstitutional. Cameron Bernarde, 23, was convicted of robbery with a firearm after he entered Hay River’s Rooster gas bar in...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at