Regina, Saskatchewan – Three people have been charged with attempted murder following a nearly 8-month long investigation. Investigators believe there may be other victims of similar incidents by the charged individuals identified below.
On the morning of October 4, 2020, Fort Qu’Appelle EMS and RCMP responded to a complaint of an injured person who was located in a rural field north of Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. The victim had suffered severe injuries requiring hospital treatment.
The investigation, led by the Regina RCMP General Investigation Section, involved the assistance of many RCMP Detachments and RCMP support units, the Saskatoon Police Service and Regina Police Service. The investigation determined the victim met three suspects outside of a nightclub in Regina and left in a vehicle with them. The victim was beaten, tortured and robbed. The suspects attempted to access the victim’s bank account. The victim was then taken to a field outside of Fort Qu’Appelle, further beaten and left unconscious. Hours later a passerby saw the victim and called 911.
On November 5, 2020, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Wadena, Saskatchewan in relation to this investigation. Sheridan Squirrel (1998-08-11) and Jenna Hoffman (1996-05-29) of Wadena, were arrested and charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and choking to overcome resistance. Both made their first court appearance in Regina Provincial Court in November, 2020. On March 16, 2021, as part of a plea agreement, Sheridan Squirrel plead guilty to aggravated assault, robbery and forcible confinement and was sentenced to five and a half years in jail. Jenna Hoffman remains in custody awaiting trial. Her next court appearance is June 17, 2021 in Regina Provincial Court.
On May 20, 2021 Austin Severight (1996-10-16) of Yellowquill First Nation was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and choking to overcome resistance. On May 25, 2021 he was arrested in Tisdale, SK and made his first court appearance on May 27, 2021 in Regina Provincial Court. His next court appearance is on June 1, 2021 in Provincial Court in Regina.
Investigators believe there may be other victims of similar incidents by the charged individuals. If you are a victim, we encourage you to report any information you have to your nearest police service or call Crime Stoppers and report anonymously (1-800-222-8477).
Fort Qu’Appelle RCMP
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