Prosecution wants jail for Calgary reservist convicted in training accident


CALGARY – The prosecution says a Calgary reservist convicted in a deadly training accident in Afghanistan should spend 18 months in jail.

It also suggests Maj. Darryl Watts should either be dismissed from the military or demoted.

Prosecutor Maj. Dylan Kerr says Watts has shown no remorse and hasn’t accepted responsibility for his role in the February 2010 accident north of Kandahar city.

Cpl. Josh Baker died and four soldiers were wounded when an anti-personnel mine raked the platoon with ball bearings during an exercise.

Watts was found guilty of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of military duty.

His lawyer, Balfour Der, is calling for a reprimand for his client.

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