The man who was convicted in a brutal assault in February is one step closer to being tried as a dangerous offender.

On Wednesday, the Crown prosecutor was granted permission to go ahead with a dangerous offender application against Dustin Paxton.

Paxton was convicted of aggravated assault and sexual assault for his brutal acts against a man who was dumped, near death, at a Regina hospital in 2010.

The final decision on the application will be up to the Attorney General.

Paxton still hasn’t been sentenced for his convictions because sentencing can’t proceed until it’s been determined whether or not he will be named a dangerous offender.

If he is given a dangerous offender status, Paxton could be locked up indefinitely.