Medicine Hat man pleads guilty to threatening Prime Minister Trudeau
William Benham, 52, gets 30-day jail sentence, 24-months of probation with conditions
An Alberta man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening emails to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
William Benham, 52, was in Medicine Hat provincial court Wednesday and entered a guilty plea to charges of uttering threats and threats to cause damage to property.
Benham was arrested on Jan. 12 after he emailed the threats to several officials — including Trudeau and Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston.
The emails included threats against government and specific threats toward the prime minister, although a police investigation determined he had no plans to follow through on those threats.
Benham got a 30-day jail sentence, followed by 24-months probation with numerous conditions.
Those conditions include a prohibition on communicating directly with any of the people he had threatened.
He has also been ordered to abstain from alcohol and drugs, and attend psychiatric counselling.