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Terri-Lynn Thomas now faces aggravated assault, not attempted-murder charge

RCMP investigators and divers search the Cowichan River shoreline for evidence following March 6
RCMP investigators and divers search the Cowichan River shoreline for evidence following March 6's alleged stabbing of Leon Jack. Suspect Terri-Lynn Thomas now faces a charge of aggravated assault, instead of attempted murder.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Duncan's Terri-Lynn Thomas is slated to appear in Duncan provincial court in April to face an aggravated-assault charge in the alleged stabbing of Leon Jack.

Crown counsel spokesman Neil MacKenzie explained Thomas' initial charge of attempted murder — sworn by police following the March 6 incident at the Cowichan River — was changed after Crown's assessment of the case.

An aggravated-assault conviction can carry a maximum of 14 years in prison.

Thomas has been released from custody.

She last appeared in Duncan court June 26 to fix the preliminary-inquiry date, MacKenzie said.

Thomas returns to court on April 22, 25, 26 and 29, 2013.

MacKenzie acknowledged the courts are loaded with cases, and Thomas' 2013 court date had to be more than nine months away to allow proper presentation of evidence.

Thomas, 43, is accused of the alleged aggravated assault of Duncanite Leon Jack, 48.

He was taken to Victoria hospital after the alleged stabbing March 6 at around 4:15 p.m. near Duncan's black bridge, a popular swimming and drinking spot.

Police later recovered a carving-type knife from the Cowichan River near the alleged crime scene.

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