Man guilty of threat­en­ing prison guard

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A 23-year-old man has been found guilty of threat­en­ing a guard at the North East Nova Sco­tia Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity.

Dy­lan Dou­glas Michael Par­sons was charged in Au­gust 2015 with in­tend­ing to pro­voke a state of fear in a jus­tice par­tic­i­pant and this was done in or­der to im­pede the per­for­mance of her du­ties.

Pic­tou Supreme Court Jus­tice Michael Wood re­leased his de­ci­sion Fri­day that stated Par­sons is guilty of the charge.

The court was told that on Aug. 15, 2015, while Par­sons was an in­mate at the North East Nova Sco­tia Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity, cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers en­tered Par­son’s cell in the seg­re­ga­tion unit be­cause they be­lieved he was in pos­ses­sion of ex­cess cloth­ing and tow­els.

He was stripped naked and hand­cuffed while all of the items, in­clud­ing the mat­tress, were re­moved from the cell.

A half hour later, of­fi­cers en­tered the cell again to re­move an item Par­sons had placed over the camera in the room.

An hour af­ter this in­ci­dent, the of­fi­cer no­ticed Par­sons was yelling from his cell, up­set and hit­ting the door.

He yelled at the of­fi­cer in­volved in the in­ci­dent, “I will shit-bomb you and stab you up be­cause you can’t keep me in here. I have no prob­lem as­sault­ing you and do­ing Pen time be­cause that will me look su­per cool. I will make sure I end your ca­reer.”

The of­fi­cer re­ported the in­ci­dent to her su­pe­ri­ors and Par­sons was charged. How­ever, his de­fence lawyer ar­gued that his client never said any such words and they were fab­ri­cated by staff at the jail to cover up al­leged mis­treat­ment from ear­lier in the even­ing.

Wood said there is no ev­i­dence to sup­port al­le­ga­tions brought up by the de­fence, but the ev­i­dence does prove that Par­sons was look­ing di­rectly at the vic­tim when he ex­pressed this words through his cell door.

The Crown ar­gued that Par­sons wanted to in­stil fear in the cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer with his words, in par­tic­u­lar, the ref­er­ence about her job.

Wood said no doubt Par­sons words were spo­ken out of frus­tra­tion from the night’s ear­lier events that left him hand­cuffed and sit­ting on a ce­ment slab all be­cause he had an ex­tra towel and shirt.

How­ever, his com­ment about “do­ing Pen time” shows he knew the im­pli­ca­tions of his threats.

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