November 17th, 2019

Stephen Vogelsang pleads guilty to pair of Medicine Hat bank robberies

By medicinehatnews on April 18, 2019.

Photo courtesy MHPS
The screengrab from security camera footage shows the man responsible for the Royal Bank robbery on Oct. 19. Vogelsang was sentenced to a total of 6.5 years in prison for bank robberies across the prairies in 2017, including two in Medicine Hat in October of that year.

A former broadcaster will be sentenced on July 30 for two bank robberies in Medicine Hat.

Stephen Vogelsang pleaded guilty on Thursday morning at Medicine Hat Provincial court to two local robberies that took place in October 2017.

A pre-sentence report has been ordered and will take between eight and 12 weeks to complete. The matter of determing and imposing  the terms of that sentence will be taken up in late July.

Vogelsang, 54, appeared via closed-circuit television from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre and spoke only to affirm his plea.

Earlier this month, the former Winnipeg-based sportscaster and journalism instructor was sentenced Saskatchewan to serve 1,030 days in prison related to four bank robberies in Regina and Saskatoon between July and October 2017.

Those guilty pleas were entered just a a preliminary hearing into the charges was set to proceed. His lawyers had suggested that Vogelsang suffers from bipolar disorder he may be unfit to stand trial, but a psychiatric assessment done for the Saskatchewan court found no evidence of such an impairment.

Vogelsang had been accused of robbing branches of the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank in Medicine Hat on back to back days on Oct. 19 and 20, 2017.

The charge of robbery carries with it a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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