Appeal date set Calgary reservist convicted in fatal training accident

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Appeal date set Calgary reservist convicted in fatal training accident

CALGARY - An appeal date has been set in April for a veteran Canadian Forces reservist convicted for his role in a deadly Afghanistan training accident.

Darryl Watts was found guilty in December 2012 of unlawfully causing bodily harm and negligent performance of military duty, but not guilty of manslaughter.

He was demoted two ranks to lieutenant from major and given a severe reprimand.

Watts filed an appeal of both his sentence and conviction last year.

The Court Martial Appeal Court has scheduled a hearing for April 4 in Calgary.

Cpl. Josh Baker, 24, died and four others were seriously injured when a C-19 Claymore anti-personnel mine loaded with 700 steel balls peppered a platoon on a practice range in February 2010.

Organizations: Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Calgary, Afghanistan

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