A judge has determined that Aaron Lewis, 24, and Courtney Lewis, 27, never intended to gravely injure 31-year-old Ryan Turcotte in an attack on June 26, 2012.
The two cousins have been sentenced to two years less a day behind bars after a jury found them guilty of aggravated assault in Barrie that night in June.
The three men were on a bus returning to Barrie from the Kee to Bala. During the trip, Turcotte told a noisy Aaron Lewis to “chill out”.
When Turcotte disembarked, the cousins and two other unidentified men surrounded him. Despite the fact that Turcotte raised his hands with palms out, according to witnesses, he was punched and kicked until he fell backwards and smacked his head on the pavement.
His attackers fled the scene.
A Toronto hospital performed two brain surgeries on Turcotte, with a third surgery likely. As the Toronto Sun reports here, he now suffers from vision problems, memory loss, balance issues, and piercing headaches.
Justice Susan Healey said that while the men never intended to bring great harm to the victim, they should have realized that their actions were not appropriate.