The Crown will take the extraordinary step of seeking dangerous or long-term offender status for Jack Froese, who pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and sexual assault.
After appearing briefly before a B.C. Supreme Court judge to enter his pleas, Froese was remanded for a 60-day assessment that could be used as evidence at his sentencing.
The courtroom had additional security posted for Monday's plea.
Froese, 32, has been in custody since his arrest last November. He appeared pale and unshaven in the prisoner's dock on Monday. He already has a lengthy criminal record, including sexual violence, before pleading guilty to the latest offences.
He was charged after a young woman working at a North Kamloops store was kidnapped in the middle of the afternoon on Nov. 23, 2011.
In circumstances described in court, Froese milled about the store before knocking his victim to the ground. As he restrained her with tape, he threatened her and then forced her into a stolen truck. He is also alleged to have injected the woman with cocaine, although no plea was entered on separate charges of administering a noxious substance and vehicle theft.
The woman, who cannot be named because of a court-imposed publication ban, was released five hours later and treated for her physical injuries.
The case shocked the city. As many as 25 RCMP officers went to work on the file and Froese was arrested at his mother's home the next day.
Under recent amendments to the Criminal Code and in light of his previous sentencing, the burden of proof rests with Froese's defence to show that he does not warrant either dangerous or long-term offender status.
Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen said he intends to oppose the offender status sought by Crown.
The long-term designation was established in 1997 specifically for sexual offenders who do not meet the standards of the dangerous offender designation.
Dangerous offenders are incarcerated for indeterminate periods until they are no longer deemed a threat to the public. Long-term offenders serve regular sentences but can be supervised for up to 10 years after release from prison.
Froese is expected to return to court for sentencing in late June.