A man who pleaded guilty to possession of drug-soaked Bible pages in Bowden Institution was sentenced to 90 days in a provincial jail.
Raymond McMartin, 29, a former Bowden inmate, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession of hashish oil for the purpose of trafficking.
A trial was set for Friday but McMartin changed his plea to guilty in Red Deer provincial court.
Hash oil is a thick liquid made from dissolving hashish or marijuana in solvents like acetone, alcohol, butane or petroleum ether.
Last year, Bible pages found in McMartin’s cell were soaked in the oil to be cut into strips of rolling paper to make cigarettes.
Federal Crown prosecutor said Dave Inglis said the strips were worth about $1,275 inside the prison.
Inglis and defence lawyer Kevin Sproule jointly recommended a 90-day jail sentence.
Judge Jim Mitchell said McMartin had a “outrageous” record, but agreed that McMartin was trying to turn his life around with a new job.
McMartin will serve his sentence at Edmonton Remand on weekends.