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Corner Brook’s Michael Oxford pleads guilty to threatening provincial court’s Judge Kymil Howe

Michael Oxford is shown in this file photo.
Michael Oxford is shown in this file photo. - Star file photo

Michael Randell Oxford has pleaded guilty to uttering a threat against Judge Kymil Howe of the provincial court in Corner Brook.

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The city man, notorious for disobeying orders of the court, uttered the threat against Howe during an appearance in her court Oct. 11.

Oxford, 56, has been in custody ever since, having been denied bail that day by Howe — a decision which precipitated the threats.

Oxford was scheduled to go on trial in provincial court Friday, but instead entered guilty pleas to 11 of the 24 charges filed against him.

The remaining charges, including one count of trying to intimidate a justice system participant in relation to the threats made against the judge, were withdrawn by the Crown.

Most of the other charges to which guilty pleas were entered Friday were for breaching probation conditions and other court orders. Two of the charges included possessing property stolen from Shoppers Drug Mart and a theft from Esso in Corner Brook.

Because a member of the Corner Brook judiciary was named as one of Oxford’s victims, the matter was heard by Judge Harold Porter of the provincial court in Grand Bank.

The Crown asked that Oxford be sentenced to serve 240 days in prison and be given a year of probation, while defence counsel countered with a request for a 180-day sentence and a year of probation.

Porter will render his decision on sentencing Jan. 11.

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