The 22-year-old-man who attacked a legendary Roughrider outside a liquor store last spring has been sentenced to spend half a decade in prison.

Jarrell Desjarlais was sentenced to five years in prison in provincial court Wednesday for assaulting and robbing former player and Rider General Manager Al Ford.

On May 12, Ford, 71, was rushed to hospital after being assaulted and injured outside a south Regina liquor store.

At the time, Ford's wife Sally told CBC it happened in broad daylight. She said her husband was waiting in line to pay at the government liquor store when some young people ahead of him were refused service.

Sally Ford said her husband made his purchase and left the store when he was jumped by several young people. She said they violently assaulted him, stole his alcohol and fled.

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Al Ford played with the Roughriders from 1965 to 1976. He was the team's coach in 1979 and in the 1980s was in administration with the club. (CBC)

Ford was left with a broken jaw and a cracked orbital bone, among other injuries.

A 29-year-old was originally charged with robbery and assault in the case, however the charges against that man were stayed a few days later.

When charges are stayed, they can technically be reinstated at any time within a 12 month period, although in practice this rarely happens.

Ford has two Grey Cup rings — one from his playing days in 1966 and the other from 1989 when he was the team's general manager. He also coached the team in 1979.