Convicted spy nixes an appeal
HALIFAX—The lawyer for a former Halifax naval officer convicted of selling military secrets to Russia says his client will not appeal his sentence.
Mike Taylor said former Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle recently decided not to pursue the matter after being sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for passing secrets to the Russians for four-and-a-half years.
Taylor said it would have been difficult to argue that the sentence was outside the acceptable range since it was the first time such a case was tried under the Security of Information Act.
The Parole Board of Canada said Delisle is eligible for unescorted temporary leaves in March, 2016, day parole in September, 2018, and full parole a year later.
The father of four is undergoing an assessment at the Springhill Institution in Nova Scotia to determine where he should serve out his sentence.