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WINNIPEG -- A man suspected in a 2012 city homicide has admitted to an unrelated earlier bear-spray attack on a man who smacked him over the head with a Slurpee outside a 7-11 store -- an act netting him a five-month jail term.
Abraham Marcel Steve Lagimodiere, 25, has pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing a weapon while prohibited and breaching a lifetime ban on owning or possessing any weapons.
Early April 24, 2011, Lagimodiere and a customer at a 7-11 on Talbot Avenue got into an argument that spilled outside the store, Judge Ted Lismer was told. At some point the customer lobbed his full, icy drink at Lagimodiere, striking him.
Lagimodiere responded by grabbing a can of bear mace from a vehicle and blasting the noxious spray at the man as he tried to get back in the store. The effects of the spray also affected two clerks and another customer, Crown attorney Shane Smith told court.
The attack was captured on surveillance video, but Lagimodiere wasn't arrested until last December when police encountered him during a traffic stop in the North End.
"What would you do if someone threw a f---ing Slurpee at your head and it was on video -- would you take that sh--?," police reported Lagimodiere as asking them.
Defence lawyer John Corona said Lagimodiere was only carrying the spray for his own protection, like many who live in Winnipeg's core. "It's the sort of weapon of choice for people who live in the downtown area," Corona said, adding it was clear the man who tossed the drink was the true aggressor.
Lagimodiere made headlines earlier this year after police identified him as a suspect in a June 16 fracas in the courtyard of a Manitoba Housing block on Fife Street, which police say caused the death of Marlin David Gray, 36.
Gray, a father of three, was punched, fell and hit his head on the concrete, witnesses said.
Lagimodiere was arrested for manslaughter on July 10. That case returns to court Nov. 9.
He remains in custody. Corona indicated a bail application may take place in the future.