MEDICINE HAT, AB — A former member of the Medicine Hat Rattlers men’s basketball team facing an assault charge last year has received an absolute discharge.

Kieron Burgess, 24 appeared in Medicine Hat provincial court on Thursday, where he pleaded guilty and received an absolute discharge. Burgess, along with Collin Ralko, 22, was charged with one count of assault with a weapon in connection with the November 25 incident.

The pair were alleged to have fired an airsoft gun from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Railway Street on November 25, causing minor injuries to a bystander.

The Criminal Code of Canada says an absolute discharge is granted by the court “if it considers it to be in the best interests of the accused and not contrary to the public interest.”

Under the discharge, no conviction is registered, but the discharge will stay on the criminal record for one year before it is expunged.

Ralko’s charge remains before the courts. He is scheduled to return to court on February 8.

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