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Kamloops prisoner pleads guilty to threatening warden

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June 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM


KAMLOOPS - A man a history of violence against correctional officers has been sentenced to an additional six months behind bars after threatening a warden in Kamloops.

Matthew Hein, 29, has been serving a 12-month sentence at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre for several charges including assault causing bodily harm against a correctional officer.

Hein plead guilty in a Kamloops Provincial Court today, June 13, to uttering threats.

Crown told the court the incident happened last June. Protocol at the facility was called into question after it was found Hein was being escorted by one correctional officer, instead of the usual two.

When Hein found out protocol was being investigated, court heard, he wanted to speak with a warden.

Crown said Hein was called up to a meeting room, where he became agitated almost immediately. He told the warden to “fucking shut up” and yelled if he saw her on the street he would “smash her and kill her.”

The next day paperwork about the incident was served to Hein. Court heard that’s when Hein repeated the threats, and said she "is going to get her head caved in.”

Hein has a record of 64 convictions, 10 of which are for uttering threats.

Defence lawyer Sheldon Tate argued Hein was irritable at the time because he didn’t have access to his diabetes medications, and that he’s been “quiet as a church mouse” since he’s gotten his medicine.

Judge Stephen Harrison told Hein he had a “disturbing record” before asking him if he had anything to say for himself.

“I’ve already been punished for these charges,” Hein said. After threatening the warden, he had to spend time in solitary confinement.

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