Payne can serve uttering threats sentence on weekends

Gary Kean
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Stacey Payne arrives at provincial court in Corner Brook for his sentencing hearing on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

CORNER BROOK  The man who told three students he was going to blow up G.C. Rowe Junior High School in Corner Brook has been given 90 days in prison.

Judge Catherine Allen-Westby also permitted Stacey Owen Payne to serve the sentence on an intermittent basis.

That was close to what Payne’s lawyer, Gary Kearney, had asked for after Payne was found guilty of four counts of uttering threats and 11 breaches of court orders.

Payne, 33, was diagnosed with schizoid-affective disorder when he was 18 and Kearney had asked Allen-Westby to consider Payne’s mental illness when sentencing him. Kearney had said an intermittent sentence would allow Payne to retain employment at Westlane Recycling.

Kearney said the threat to blow up the school was made during casual conversation with three girls Payne had been talking to last June and that his client never had any intention of actually following through on the threat.

Payne was also convicted of threatening to smash windows out of a Colemans grocery store in Corner Brook last May and threatened to stab a man who had asked him to leave the area of Shoppers Drug Mart in Corner Brook last August.

Payne is known to panhandle in the Corner Brook downtown area and Kearney said the threats he made were all reactions to him being asked to leave the premises he was frequenting.

Kearney had asked Payne be given seven days on each charge, minus the 27 days he had already served in custody as of Friday.

Crown attorney Matthew Kennedy asked Allen-Westby to give Payne between four and five months in prison.

The judge decided on 90 days in prison, along with a year of probation.

Organizations: G.C. Rowe Junior High School, Shoppers Drug Mart

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • Citizen
    January 12, 2014 - 14:46

    This man needs medical attention, not prison. This is a travesty.

  • Citizen
    January 11, 2014 - 07:20

    This is disappointing. Mr. Payne suffers from a severe illness. He needs medical care, not punishment. The judge erred , in my opinion. Our jails and prisons are being used to deal with illnesses that should be dealt with in medical facilities. This sentence seems inhumane in light of the illness.