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Reservist avoids jail in deadly Afghanistan training accident

CALGARY — A Canadian Forces reservist has avoided jail for his role in a deadly training accident in Afghanistan and is being allowed to stay in the military.

But Maj. Darryl Watts is being demoted by two ranks to lieutenant and is to receive a severe reprimand.

He was convicted at a court martial late last year of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of military duty during the exercise near Kandahar city three years ago.

Cpl. Josh Baker, 24, was killed and four other soldiers were injured when an anti-personnel mine misfired and shot hundreds of steel ball bearings in the wrong direction.

 
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