Assault, chase nets jail term

A Richmond man who broke into a home where his estranged wife was sleeping, and assaulted her and another man, has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison.

Stopped: Police convinced a fleeing Bruce MacDonald to stop on the highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous.

A Richmond man who broke into a home where his estranged wife was sleeping, and assaulted her and another man, has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison.

Bruce William MacDonald, who was 57 when the home invasion occurred in November of last year, appeared before Richmond provincial court Judge Ron Fratkin, who sentenced him for two counts of aggravated assault, uttering death threats, breaking and entering and failing to comply with a court order. MacDonald pled guilty to the charges in April.

MacDonald has been in custody since he was captured following a low-speed chase on the Trans-Canada Highway near Salmon Arm on the morning after the home invasion.

On the morning of Nov. 26, MacDonald broke into a home and attacked two people who had to be rushed to hospital, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

MacDonald fled the scene after the attacks, but police received information that he might be heading toward Salmon Arm.

Police managed to reach MacDonald over his cellular phone, and negotiated with him during a low-speed chase that also involved an RCMP helicopter.

MacDonald eventually pulled over and was arrested without incident.

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