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Man gets 4 months in jail for threatening premier
Amanda Ferguson, ctvedmonton.ca
Published Monday, May 26, 2008 6:34PM MDT
The man sentenced to four months in jail for threatening to hurt Premier Ed Stelmach apologized through a popular social networking website Monday for the stress he put on the premier's family.
Ronald Labelle, 57, was sentenced to four months in jail and was put on a 10-year weapons prohibition.
"I apologize to Ed Stelmach and his family if my phone call on Sept. 7, 2007, caused any undue stress or hardship on them," he wrote on his Facebook wall. "For that, I am sorry."
The charges come after he called the premier's office on Sept. 7, 2007, and told receptionist Jennifer Dalmer he was going to hurt Stelmach, his family and his cattle.
Judge Fern Lereverend ruled Labelle will serve the remainder of his sentence on weekends in a provincial correctional facility.
Labelle was found guilty of 31 charges in March, including three counts of uttering threats.
The other 28 counts relate to weapons charges stemming from a police raid on Labelle's Edmonton-area home.
Meanwhile, his family members made no apologies for their father's actions.
Brian Labelle, Ronald's son, said his father posed no threat to the premier.
He also said his father's case was given special treatment because Stelmach was the target of the threats.
"I am curious to why I'm not afforded the same level of protection to do my job as the premier feels it's necessary to do in an office building with 26 body guards," he said.
In her ruling, Judge Lereverend gave Labelle a two for one credit for the 15 days he already served.
"What we've got is a man that did threaten the premier and had possession of weapons," she said. "Incarceration is the only way to express society's condemnation."
Crown prosecutor Shane Parker said he was happy with the ruling.
"The judge was correct in looking at the circumstances of this particular offence and what the evidence disclosed at trial," he said.
Labelle will begin his sentence this Friday when he reports to the Edmonton Remand Centre on Friday evening.
With files from Scott Roberts