Former Winnipeg broadcaster and journalism instructor Steve Vogelsang has been sentenced for a string of bank robberies in Saskatchewan in 2017.
The 55-year-old will spend three years behind bars, or the equivalent of about five years for time already served since his arrest.
Vogelsang was sentenced Thursday in a Regina court after pleading guilty to four counts of robbery. The charges stem from three bank robberies in Regina and one in Saskatoon between July and October 2017.
Vogelsang faces separate charges for robbing two banks in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in which he will appear in court to answer on April 12.
He underwent a psychiatric assessment after defence lawyer Greg White argued last December that his client suffers from bipolar disorder and is not criminally responsible for his actions.
White said in an email last month to Medicine Hat radio station CHAT that a forensic assessment found that Vogelsang “was in his right mind on the dates of the offences.”
The former Winnipegger taught journalism at Red River College from 2002 until 2011. He previously worked as a sports anchor at what is now CTV Winnipeg before becoming the station’s news director.
— With files from The Canadian Press