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Quebec man denied extradition from U.S. prison

An Aylmer, Que., man with bipolar disorder serving time in a Florida prison has been denied a chance to serve out his sentence in Canada.

An Aylmer, Que., man with bipolar disorder serving time in a Florida prison since 2004 has been denied a chance to serve out his sentence in Canada.

Sacha Bond, 25, is serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder after he pointed an unloaded gun at staff at a bar in Florida.

His family said Bond suffers from bipolar disorder and was under the influence of alcohol and had begun taking new medication when the incident occurred.

Peter Van Loan, then acting as public safety minister, approved the transfer last year. But Florida extradition officials informed Bond last week that they were denying the request.

Bond's mother Diane Levesque, who lives in Ottawa, said Florida officials told her Bond's transfer was refused was because of the serious nature of his offence. Calls to the Florida extradition co-ordinator's office were not returned.

Levesque said Florida officials also told her that her son could re-apply in three years.

Levesque, however, said her son has given up hope.

'He accepts it' says mother

"He says, 'I'm not going to do my time as if I'm waiting for a transfer.' He says, 'I'm tired of this and being refused everywhere,' so he says 'I'm just dealing with it,'" said Levesque. "He accepts it."

Levesque says the process has left her feeling defeated. Levesque and her family have been trying to get Bond into Canada in the hopes that he can get better treatment for his condition.

In January 2004 Bond was visiting Levesque in Florida when he got into a fight with staff at a bar. Drunk and confused from his medication, he returned with an unloaded gun and pointed it at people at the bar.

He was convicted of attempted murder and received a 20-year sentence with no chance for parole.

With files from the CBC's Elias Abboud

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