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Threat to WestJet nets year in jail

September 22, 2016 1:02 P.M.
Michael Howells at the time of his arrest in 2014.


A 37-year-old Alberta man who threatened a WestJet flight in October 2014 will spend just shy of a year in prison.

Michael Howells was apparently running late for his flight to Fort McMurray from Kelowna International Airport, which prompted him to make a threatening phone call.

A provincial judge sentenced Howells to 347 days in jail and imposed a victim surcharge of $100. He will be placed on two years' probation following his release.

In August, Howells did not show up for his court appearance which prompted his lawyer to withdraw from the case.

Howells, who resides in Summerland, pleaded guilty to one count of mischief and one count of public mischief in 2015. At that time Howells apologized to the judge for his actions, but Judge Chapman said more would be needed.

Howells has an extensive criminal record that stems back to 2002 and includes convictions for possessing stolen property, theft and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

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