Court Report

Man awaits sentence on death threat

Slave Lake Provincial Court
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Judge Watson
presiding

A former Kinuso resident will have to wait a while to find out what his sentence is. Amos Edwin McKechnie was found guilty on Dec. 11 of sending death threats via letter to a Swan River First Nation woman.

The trial, before Judge Watson in Slave Lake Provincial Court, resulted in the accused being sent back to remand in Edmonton for the time being, pending a pre-sentence report.

Providing evidence in the trial was the mother of the woman who allegedly received the threatening letters. She told the court two letters arrived at her post office box, containing death threats over custody of her granddaughter.

The woman’s testimony came via CCTV from another room in the courthouse; evidently she did not want to be in the same room as the accused.

The court heard that due to prior incidents, the accused was under orders to not contact the woman. After receiving the letters – apparently posted from the Edmonton Remand Centre – the woman contacted the Lakeshore Regional Police. She said the letters caused her anxiety and panic to the point she couldn’t sleep and didn’t want to check her mailbox.

Judge Watson found the accused guilty on one charge; the Crown withdrew two others.

McKechnie is due to appear again on Jan. 29 for sentencing; also to face a verdict in a second trial that was put off to that date.

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