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Jasper Stam, an acquaintance of Justin Bourque, was given a nine-month conditional sentence for uttering threats against police officers.

A 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to uttering threats against police officers in Moncton has been given a nine-month conditional sentence, with the first three months to be spent under house arrest.

Jasper John Stam pleaded guilty in June before the provincial court.

An agreed statement of facts presented in court Tuesday says Stam had a conversation at a local farmers market in May, during which he said he wished police officers would be killed.

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Stam was released from custody in June on conditions that include not having any contact with Justin Bourque, who will be sentenced next month for fatally shooting three Mounties.

The Crown and defence said Stam and Bourque were acquaintances but not close friends.

The RCMP have said the charge against Stam was not linked to their investigation into the fatal shootings of constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Douglas James Larche and Dave Joseph Ross on June 4.

Crown prosecutor Mario Cormier and defence lawyer Jean Cormier jointly recommended the nine-month conditional sentence for Stam.

During his house arrest, Stam is only allowed to leave home for work, medical appointments and religious ceremonies.

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