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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 9, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A13 winnipegfreepress. com WORLD WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 A 13 “ Don’t Let It Happen to You!” Every year, The War Amps enrols kids who have lost limbs in lawn mower accidents, like Roan and Zoe. Roan was riding on a lawn mower and fell off. Zoe was running in the yard and slipped under a riding lawn mower. Both accidents happened in seconds. Now they warn other kids: “ PLAYSAFE!” Watch their stories and learn more about PLAYSAFE ™ at waramps. ca. The War Amps S YDNEY, Australia — A New Zealand judge sentenced AC/ DC drummer Phil Rudd to eight months of home detention today after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. The 61- year- old Australian- born drummer had faced up to seven years in prison on the threatening- to- kill charge, but his lawyer had argued for the conviction to be set aside. During the hearing, Tauranga District Court Judge Thomas Ingram said Rudd had a limited criminal history and posed a low risk of reoffending, Radio New Zealand reported. But Ingram said Rudd had been found with a substantial amount of drugs. The judge rejected an argument from Rudd’s lawyer the death threat boiled down to one angry phone call. Rudd has been out on bail since pleading guilty to the charges in April, when he acknowledged in a court summary of facts he’d offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “ taken out.” He also acknowledged he’d directly said to the victim he was going to kill him. Prosecutors had also originally charged Rudd with murder- for- hire, but later dropped it, citing lack of evidence. Rudd did not comment on the sentence as he left the courthouse, simply telling reporters to “ get a ( expletive) job” and batting away a microphone as he got into a waiting car. According to the court summary, the dispute began in August when Rudd threw a party at his marina restaurant, Phil’s Place, to celebrate the launch of his solo album, Head Job . Rudd grew angry security wasn’t tight enough and felt the launch hadn’t gone well. He subsequently fired several employees, including the victim, whose name has been suppressed by the court. About four weeks later, Rudd called an associate and told him he wanted the victim “ taken out,” according to the court summary. When asked to clarify, Rudd said he wanted the victim “ taken care of.” In another call, according to the court summary, Rudd offered the associate “$ 200,000, a motorbike, one of his cars or a house,” which the associate took to mean as payment “ for carrying out his earlier request.” Two hundred thousand New Zealand dollars is equivalent to about US$ 133,000. The morning after calling his associate, Rudd called the victim directly, saying “ I’m going to come over and kill you.” Police found marijuana and methamphetamine in several parts of Rudd’s home during a search of the house, the court summary said. They also found methamphetamine in his pocket. Rudd’s lawyer, Craig Tuck, had asked for a discharge without conviction in the case. New Zealand law gives a judge the discretion not to enter a conviction even after a defendant has pleaded guilty. Judges can do this if they think the consequences of a conviction outweigh the seriousness of the crime, a move which can allow a defendant to keep a clean record. It’s unclear whether Rudd has a future with the Australian rock band he’s been part of on and off for almost four decades. The band is currently using Welsh drummer Chris Slade for its Rock or Bust album tour, but hasn’t said if that’s a long- term arrangement. — The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Long before he was arrested in the shooting death of a woman at one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist sites, Juan Francisco Lopez- Sanchez was using the U. S.- Mexican border like a revolving door. He was arrested while in the U. S. illegally and deported to his native Mexico five times between June 1994 and June 2009, only to slip back into the country. He served roughly 15 years in federal prison in three stints for illegal re- entry, completing the most recent stretch earlier this year. But his habit of sneaking across the border is not uncommon. His case has illustrated yet again how border enforcement along the nearly 3,220- kilometre boundary with Mexico is an often frustrating task. Last week, Sanchez was arrested and accused of killing 32- year- old Kathryn Steinle as she walked with her father. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges. It turned out Sanchez, 45, was out on the streets because of San Francisco’s “ sanctuary” policy of minimal co- operation with federal immigration authorities. “ It’s hard to physically prevent a committed immigrant from finding a way to get back in the U. S.,” said Marc Rosenblum, deputy director for U. S. immigration policy at the Migration Policy Institute. In 2013, a total of 18,498 people were sentenced for the federal crime of felony re- entry of the U. S. The offenders had been deported an average of 3.2 times each. The average sentence was 18 months, according to the U. S. Sentencing Commission. A dramatic increase in border enforcement after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 made it increasingly difficult to cross. The Border Patrol doubled to more than 20,000 agents under president George W. Bush, and fences were erected on about one- third of the border. Exactly how Sanchez managed to keep slipping back into the U. S. was not clear. But he was sent to federal prison in 1998, serving about 4 ½ years, and again in 2003, where he put in nearly six years, and again in 2011, when he got close to four years. After he completed that term, federal officials transferred him to San Francisco’s jail in March to face a 20- yearold marijuana charge. But local prosecutors dropped the drug charge, and the San Francisco sheriff, citing the city’s sanctuary policy, released Sanchez in April, despite an Immigration and Customs Enforcement request to hold him for deportation. ICE officials criticized the sheriff, who blamed the federal agency for not obtaining a warrant or court order that would have kept Sanchez locked up. On Wednesday, the U. S. Bureau of Land Management said the gun used in the killing belonged to one of its rangers. Spokeswoman Dan Wilson said the service weapon had been stolen from the ranger’s car in a break- in. — The Associated Press By Elliot Spagat and Janie Har Accused killer’s story not uncommon AC/ DC drummer sentenced to house arrest in N. Zealand Rudd pleaded guilty to drug offences, threatening former employee ALAN GIBSON / NEW ZEALAND HERALD / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Phil Rudd arrives for sentencing at a New Zealand courthouse. A_ 13_ Jul- 09- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A13 7/ 8/ 15 10: 40: 21 PM

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