The sentencing of a 21-year-old man from Wasaga Beach who was facing a Canada-wide warrant in 2021 has now begun.

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The sentencing of a 21-year-old man from Wasaga Beach who faced a Canada-wide warrant in 2021 has now begun.

With his hair in a bun, wearing a white mask and a wrinkled shirt, Brayden Bullock entered the Barrie courtroom on Tuesday in handcuffs.

Now 21, Bullock was arrested and charged by police in March last year with intentional break and enter, assault and death threat, as well as breaching a probation order and attempted murder.

In November, Bullock pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault. Police say at the time Bullock, while at a Wasaga Beach home, stabbed his 33-year-old neighbor. This man was taken to Collingwood Hospital with chest, arm and hip injuries. He survived.

A week after the attack, a warrant was issued for Bullock’s arrest; Bullock was eventually found by police in Saskatoon.

His lawyer Jason Rabinovitch said Bullock was very drunk that night and had a terrible upbringing, growing up without a father, subject to abuse and exposed to drugs and alcohol.

His lawyer asked the court that Bullock be sentenced to two and a half years in prison, adding that the suggested sentence is by no means a slap on the wrist.

Meanwhile, the crown, citing Bullock’s heavy criminal record and history of violence, is asking for a five-year sentence behind bars.

An emotional Bullock addressed the court reading a long letter describing his struggles as a child, his drug addiction at the age of 14 and his suicidal thoughts. He also told the court that he is now drug-free and wants to change his behavior and show his younger siblings the kind of man he can become.

“He’s looking for support and the ability to move on so he’ll never be here again, and it’s been a tough journey for him; the realization that he’s made a lot of mistakes,” said Bullock’s attorney Jason Rabinovitch.

Judge Fuerst will deliver her sentencing decision on May 10.

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