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Reservist avoids jail in deadly Afghanista­n training accident


CALGARY – A Canadian Forces reservist has avoided jail for his role in a deadly training accident in Afghanista­n three years ago.

But Maj. Darryl Watts is being demoted by two ranks to lieutenant and is to receive a severe reprimand. He was convicted at a court martial in Calgary late last year of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performanc­e of military duty.

“I do not consider dismissal from the Canadian Forces to be appropriat­e. I believe the offender can continue to make a contributi­on to the Canadian Forces,” Cmdr. Peter Lamont, who acted as judge at the court martial, said as he delivered the sentence Wednesday.

Watts stood at attention during sentencing. There was no visible reaction.

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