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Ashley White gets suspended sentence for retaliatory stabbing of former boyfriend

A suspended sentence has been handed down for the 26-year-old woman convicted of stabbing her Afghan veteran boyfriend in a 2010 aggravated assault.

Ashley White will serve two years' probation with a curfew for the first year and a 10 year firearms ban.

That's instead of the 12-month sentence suggested by the Crown, though Justice Lynn Ratushny said she would have given a conditional sentence if they were still available. They were removed as an option in sentencing for cases of personal physical assault in 2007.

In her decision Ratushny said a jail term doesn't fit the circumstances of the crime, White's lack of a prior criminal record or her exemplary behaviour while out on bail for four years.

White's lawyer Israel Gencher says they're pleased with the result.

"Given the findings of the verdict, given the facts as they were played out in trial, and given the submissions on the sentencing, we believe that madam justice Ratushny's judgment was well thought out, well reasoned, considered and appropriate," Gencher said.

He said it would take time for White to adjust to the realities of the decision including having a criminal record. He said she is, however, relieved.

White was convicted of stabbing her then-boyfriend Patrick Halcro in retaliation for his assault on her in July of 2010.

Halcro was never charged.

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