Calgary man apologizes for threatening to kill lawyer

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Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

The HIV positive man whose battle over gay parental rights led him to threaten a government lawyer will be saddled with a criminal record, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Justice Karen Horner rejected a call by defence counsel Mark Takada to hand his client conditional discharge, which would have spared him a record if he completed probation.

Instead she handed the 47-year-old man a suspended sentence and 18 months probation, during which time he must get any counselling recommended by his probation officer.

Before his sentencing the offender addressed the court and his frustration over his battle to gain parenting rights for the daughter he and his partner had through a surrogate in 2003.

"I'm sorry for what I wrote, but more sorry for coming to and believing in Alberta and Canada," the Ontario resident said.

 

 

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