nixon cleared of threat­en­ing of­fi­cer

Calgary Herald - - CITY & REGION - DAN SINGLETON

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.

Ja­son Nixon

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