nixon cleared of threatening officer
Six weeks after a charge of shooting a feral horse west of Sundre was withdrawn against him, a 30-yearold Sundre area man has been found not guilty of threatening a Fish and Wildlife officer outside the Mountain Aire Lodge in January 2010.
Jason Nixon’s two-day trial before Judge Marlene Graham in Didsbury provincial court wrapped up Monday with the verdict.
Fish and Wildlife officer Adam Mirus testified he went to the lodge, 75 kilometres west of Sundre, on Jan. 4, 2010, as part of an investigation into an illegally shot deer.
Mirus said Nixon approached him outside the lodge and made a comment he took as threatening.
“I heard him say he was going to manhandle me in about a minute,” Mirus testified.
During the trial, a video recording made with two cameras attached to Mirus’s pickup was played in court.
On the tape Nixon can be heard saying: “I’m going to manhandle this guy in about a minute.”
Nixon testified he was speaking to another man standing nearby when he made the “manhandle” comment and did not intend it to be a threat against the officer. In passing sentence on Monday, the judge said she did not believe the “manhandle” comment was meant as a threat, but rather that it was a comment to a third party not meant for Mirus to overhear.
On April 27 a charge of shooting a feral horse was dropped against Nixon shortly after his trial on the charge got underway in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench.
The horse shooting charge was laid at the same time as the uttering threats charge, in April 2010.
Outside Didsbury court on Monday, Nixon said he is pleased to have the criminal charges behind him.
“I think once they (police) made a decision that I’d shot those horses, they just threw everything they could at me to get me to plead guilty to some of them,” said Nixon in an interview.