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Paxton can't control anger, Crown says

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CALGARY -- The Crown attorney at a dangerous offender hearing for convicted torturer Dustin Paxton argued Tuesday he is a high risk to reoffend and difficult to treat.

In her final sentencing arguments, Julie Morgan told a Calgary courtroom Paxton has shown a pattern of violence that stretches back years and is always the same.

"He is unable to control his anger," she said. "He gets angry and frustrated over minor discretions. The victims are known to him. He uses threats and physicality... he manipulates, belittles and controls his victims."

Paxton, 33, was found guilty in February 2012 of aggravated and sexual assault against his former business partner and roommate after a former Winnipeg man was found dumped at a Regina hospital in 2010 near death -- badly emaciated, bruised, broken and bleeding.

The Crown wants Paxton to be kept in prison for an indeterminate period of time as a dangerous offender, but if the judge wanted to fix a set sentence, it should be in the 15- to 18-year range, Morgan said. She noted Paxton would be eligible for two-for-one credit for his time already in custody.

Paxton's lawyer, Jim Lutz, argued his client shouldn't be found to be either a dangerous or a long-term offender. He recommended an eight-year sentence -- minus six years of credit Paxton would receive for time already served.

Lutz said nothing in his client's past is comparable with his current crimes, which disputes the Crown's submission about a pattern of behaviour.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 16, 2013 A11

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