Erica Levin not going to prison for trying to bribe juror at husband's sex assault trial
'Mrs. Levin is not well,' says her lawyer
Erica Levin cried tears of relief after receiving a conditional sentence for trying to bribe a juror during her husband's sexual assault trial in 2012, which means she will not spend time behind bars.
The 72-year-old will instead get 18 months of house arrest after being convicted last October of obstruction of justice. She will also have to serve 180 hours of community service.
Her son was in the Calgary courtroom Friday for support during the sentencing.
"For what it's worth, I offer my sincere apologies for having caused the juror, the court, your Honour and the community unnecessary trouble and wasted time and resources," Levin told the judge.
Levin approached the female juror outside the courthouse on the C-Train platform with an envelope of cash while repeating, "My husband is not guilty."
It came to light when the juror wrote a letter to the presiding judge explaining the situation.
The juror was dismissed from the trial of former court psychiatrist Aubrey Levin, who was later convicted of three counts of sexual assault against former patients.
Lawyer argued for house arrest
Erica Levin's lawyer argued that she should not spend any time in custody because she is mentally ill, suffering from PTSD and has "abnormal responses to stress."
"Mrs. Levin is not well," said her lawyer Michael Bates.
He proposed a conditional sentence order (CSO), which usually results in house arrest.
"I was so filled with despair, where my life seemed utterly futile, that I behaved in a way completely contrary to my nature and my belief system," Erica Levin also told the judge.
"I have lost my self-respect and am unable to face friends and close family as a result of my deep shame."
Prosecutor Rajbir Dhillon had asked Justice Karen Horner to sentence Erica Levin to a two-year federal sentence for what he described as a "precedent-setting case."
Dhillon said the sentence needed to punish Levin to deter others from committing the same crime and send a message to future jurors that they will be protected.