Tuscany LRT racist graffiti offender, Kyle McKenzie, sentenced to 8 months in jail
Kyle McKenzie says anger at ISIS was misplaced
The Calgary man who spray-painted racist graffiti all over the Tuscany LRT station in December was sentenced on Friday to eight months in jail.
Kyle McKenzie was charged with inciting hatred and mischief over $5,000. He was also sentenced to three months in custody for vandalizing a Canadian Tire on the same day as the graffiti incident.
With credit for the time he's already spent in custody, McKenzie will be released in the next day or two.
- Tuscany LRT graffiti offender apologizes to Muslims, Syrians
- Calgarian 'mad at ISIS' pleads guilty in spraying of racist LRT graffiti
McKenzie told police he spray-painted the hateful graffiti because he was "mad at ISIS" over last year's Paris attack.
But he told the judge he's changed his views since being incarcerated.
"[I] no longer feel hate toward Muslim or Syrian people," he said in a statement last month. "I would also like to apologize to the Syrian and Muslim community for writing hateful, ignorant messages."
Two men were seen on CCTV entering the Tuscany station around 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 3 and using gold spray paint to write messages throughout the station, on a C-Train car, and on five private vehicles parked outside.
Miguel Lavergne and McKenzie were arrested days later.
Lavergne's charges were recently stayed.