Two years for threatening carnage at Calgary Stampede

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Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

CALGARY „Ÿ Threatening massive carnage at last summer's Calgary Stampede has landed a Calgary man with an obsession with guns a two-year jail term.

Judge Joanne Durant on Thursday agreed with Crown prosecutor Aurelie Beland further jail time was warranted for Patrick James Deegan, who sent a threatening email to the Calgary Fire Department last May.

Durant said Deegan would have to serve an additional 15 months and 21 days on top of the nine months and eight days he's served since his arrest last June.

The judge also sentenced Deegan to an additional month for breaching conditions of a peace bond he was under at the time of his arrest.

In his email May 26, 2013, Deegan, who had two semi-automatic rifles illegally stored at his parents' home, threatened a blood-bath at the annual affair.

"There is going to be a machine gun attack at the Calgary Stampede this year," he wrote.

"Two MG-53s rated at 1,800 rpm.

"There will be over 1,000+ casualties."

Durant said even though Deegan didn't carry out his threat and meant it to draw attention to his belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories, it had to be taken seriously by the authorities.

And she said in light of real terrorist attacks in the past, even making such a threat had a chilling effect on the public.

"When the citizens of Calgary hear about the threat ... they will suffer a loss," Durant said.


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