CALMAR, Alta. -- A pair of 15-year-old boys who pleaded guilty in a prolonged, vicious assault on a younger boy have been given probation.
Court heard the main instigator in the attack was watching television with the 12-year-old at a home in Calmar, Alta., in October 2011 when he began drinking.
He forced the younger boy to drink as many as 12 shots of vodka before punching him and burning him with a lighter.
The second boy arrived some time later and helped shave the younger boy's head.
The victim eventually managed to escape and ran for help to a gas station across the street.
The instigator pleaded guilty to criminal harassment and assault with a weapon and was ordered to serve one year of probation and 75 hours of community service while the other teen pleaded guilty to assault and got eight months' probation and 30 hours of community service.
Both must write a letter of apology to their victim, but otherwise cannot contact him or each other.
Court was told both teens have had troubled childhoods but their behaviour has improved since the incident.
"By making a sentence of probation, I am not minimizing the horrible things that were done,'' said Judge Michael Savaryn. "Rather, I'm acknowledging you've made huge headway.''
Lawyers for both teens said the public attention they have received as a result of the charges has been difficult for their clients.