A Long Plains First Nation man shot by police following a drunken birthday party melee has learned from his mistakes and should serve no more time in custody, a judge was told Friday.
"Drinking is like loading a gun, so just don't take the risk," Steven Peters wrote in a letter to his lawyer read out in court. "I take the blame ... It was me who caused (the police officer) to shoot me that day."
Peters, 30, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer and two counts of assault with a weapon.
Court heard Peters was ushering people out of his house after a late-night birthday party, Nov. 19, 2011 when he became enraged and "kicked, punched and stomped" on the head and body of a 28-year-old male attendee, breaking his jaw and collapsing his lung. Peters also assaulted the man's girlfriend and sister when they came to his aid, shoving them and threatening them with a baseball bat.