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A judge declared violent serial bandit Codie Caissie a dangerous offender but gave him a fixed seven-year sentence — and one last chance to redeem himself.

Justice Heather McArthur said Caissie, 30, has indicated “he wanted to live a crime-free lifestyle.

“This sentence gives him a chance to prove that he meant what he said,” said McArthur, who deducted four years for time served, leaving him three years in prison and a 10-year Long Term Supervision Order.

“He must do the hard work … stay motivated and must not self-sabotage,” said McArthur. “It will not be easy and it’s up to him.”

Last year, the judge found Caissie guilty of robbery with a knife — which occurred on Aug. 13, 2017, four days after he finished serving seven years in prison for similar robberies — and assaulting a jail guard.

The knife-wielding Caissie robbed Hanna Suh, 25, at the Queen East Variety store, stealing a package of cigarettes after she bolted. He wanted cash to feed his fentanyl addiction.

Police identified Caissie from a store surveillance video and later arrested him.

“Caissie’s crime was driven by his severe substance abuse disorder, not greed,” said McArthur.

While Caissie’s drug addiction was apparent while he served his last sentence, he was never given any counselling or treatment before his release, said McArthur.

Caissie has a history of robbing convenience stores with a knife or bladed tool. He has  committed 11 robberies while on probation, and three others just seven days after being released under house arrest bail, court heard.

He once stabbed a program director with a fork and slashed a guard in the face with a shank, noted McArthur.

He had a violent altercation with courthouse officers, spitting in their faces and breaking his handcuffs, court heard.

Caissie is rated as a high risk to re-offend violently. His childhood was marred by ugly domestic violence.

“As a young boy, he witnessed extreme violence perpetrated by his father against his mother, including the use of firearms,” wrote McArthur.

spazzano@postmedia.com

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