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Former Alberta Transportation employee sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for selling government assets

A file photo of the Lethbridge courthouse. Global News

A former Alberta Transportation employee who pleaded guilty to selling government assets has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison without having to pay any money back.

Emotions were running high in a Lethbridge courtroom on Monday as Darrell Turner said goodbye to his loved ones.

In a joint submission, Turner pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $5,000. Two other counts were withdrawn.

According to Turner’s lawyer, Derek Jugnauth, the court recognized Turner’s community involvement in determining his sentence.

Turner was a former volunteer with the Taber and District Soccer Association for 23 years and worked over 477 volunteer hours with the Taber Food Bank.

Jugnauth said that the court recognized Turner’s motivation was not born out of greed, but rather to assist his son, who was struggling with addiction.

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