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Graham James has prison sentence increased to five years

Feb 15, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

Graham James AP

Former junior hockey coach Graham James has had his two-year prison sentence increased to five years for sexually assaulting two of his former teenage players, one of which was ex-NHL star Theoren Fleury.

Per the Winnipeg Free Press, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ruled today that the initial punishment was unfit and that there were errors made by the sentencing judge that needed to be overturned.

The original ruling, made in March of last year, was widely criticized by the Canadian public as too lenient. James’ other victim, Todd Holt, called it “nothing short of a national travesty.”

James was given a 3.5-year prison sentence (he served 18 months) in 1997 for sexually assaulting two other former players.

  1. supercoop8 - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    He’s already joined the bloods??

  2. garybrian - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Five years is not enough for this guy. They should lock him up and throw the damn key away!!

  3. jaredphi - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I took a lot of CJ classes in school (and I also still have occasional contact with some pretty unsavory friends from my younger years) and the good news is that pedophiles like this guy get raped and abused regularly in prison.

    Pedophiles are the lowest rung on the prison power totem pole and the drug dealers, bank robbers, gangsters and other crooks in there tend to abuse and rape them at will.

    Just like the rest of us on the outside who are law-abiding, even THEY hate these sexual slime balls.

    So, rejoice to some small extent. Guys like Jerry Sandusky and Graham James will get what’s coming to them. :)

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      I’m not sure how some man getting gang-raped in prison helps you feel better at night but okay.

      • tatdue - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        And I suppose you would set him free and let him babysit your kids….

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Where does it say that?
        He’s lucky to only have to spend the next several years in a box when it should be for much, much longer. I’m just not sure why you think the punishment of other lawbreakers is more appropriate.

        I actually find it disturbing that you’re supporting rape.

  4. kegmen7 - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Is he trying to karate chop the camera guy? That being said he needs to rot in jail forever.

  5. 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    How about jacking it to fifty?

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