Prosecutor wants jail time for two men in B.C. polygamy case

Source: The Globe and Mail

GEMMA KARSTENS-SMITH

Two men convicted of practising polygamy in British Columbia were motivated by “sincerely held religious beliefs,” but their sentences should include jail time to denounce their crimes and deter others, a special prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Peter Wilson recommended Winston Blackmore serve between 90 days and six months in jail and James Oler one month to 90 days, telling Justice Sheri Ann Donegan of the B.C. Supreme Court: “They are both, by all accounts, law-abiding, hard-working citizens, honest men.”

There are only two other convictions for polygamy in Canadian history, but because those cases took place in 1899 and 1906 they do not help in determining sentences for Blackmore and Oler, he said.

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