Saturday April 19, 2014

Offender continues to offend even behind bars

Record includes robbery, escaping custody, assault and uttering threats

A 25-year-old who’s spent much of his teens and young adult life in jail is now committing offences behind bars.

Travis Kelly pleaded guilty Friday to obstruction of justice for a series of phone calls made in jail and was also convicted this year of uttering threats against a jail guard at KRCC.

A sentence hearing got underway Friday but was cut short after provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison said he should not hear facts about the phone calls because they may be entered as evidence in an upcoming related trial.

Crown lawyer Frank Caputo said Kelly’s record as a youth and adult is “very concerning.” It includes robbery, escaping custody, assault and uttering threats.

He will be sentenced in the new year on uttering threats against a corrections official as well as for obstructing justice in unrelated incidents.

Caputo said Kelly made a series of telephone calls in July from KRCC to a woman whom he was barred from speaking with by court order. She is also slated to testify in an upcoming trial.

The calls were recorded by corrections officials.

Caputo said in one of the calls he advised the woman, “If you don’t come to court, the charge disappears.”

In another call he advised her to buy a new cellphone every week in order to disguise her identity so their calls could continue.

Kelly has spent as long as three years in jail on past offences.

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