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Alberta teens get 60 days for slushie poisoning

Three Alberta teens have been sentenced for poisoning a slushie and making seven girls ill.

Three teenage girls from Sylvan Lake, Alta., have been sentenced to 60 days in custody for spiking a slushie with a toxic chemical.

The girls who were originally charged with attempted murder will also have 30 days of supervision in the community and 18 months of probation. They pleaded guilty in August to charges of administering a noxious substance.

The 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds laced a slushie drink with powdered copper sulphate before giving it to another student last April.

Seven students became very sick after sharing the drink, but later recovered.

Prosecutor Bert Skinner says the motive may have been a dislike for the victim, whom the girls suspected of ruining a computer hard drive.

The lawyer for one of the girls said the "sentence is within range ... I'm disappointed, but not surprised," said Kevin Sproule.

The judge said it was a serious and violent offence and had the girls been adults they could have faced up to 14 years in jail. Instead, under the new Youth Criminal Justice Act the teens will spend just two months in custody.

Lawyers have not yet decided if they will appeal.