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Jennifer Pawluck was found guilty of posting anti-police graffiti on Instagram

Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

A woman who posted a photo of graffiti depicting a senior Montreal police officer with a bullet in his head has received a suspended sentence.

Jennifer Pawluck was found guilty in April of criminal harassment for snapping a photo of the street art and uploading it to Instagram in 2013.

The judge agreed with a joint suggestion that the 22-year-old Pawluck be given a suspended sentence, 18 months probation and 100 hours community service.

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She is forbidden from using Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for one year except to send private messages.

Pawluck is also prohibited from posting anything about police or anyone associated with the judicial system.

Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere, a high-profile spokesman, told the court that knowledge the graffiti was being shared shook him, scared his children and forced his wife to take a leave from work.

Pawluck had countered she posted the image without knowing who Lafreniere was, but the judge hearing the case cast doubt on her version.

She was charged under a summary offence, meaning the maximum sentence was six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.

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