LETHBRIDGE: 25-year old John James Korthuis was handed a $500 fine Friday morning in Lethbridge court, after pleading guilty to trespassing under the Railway Safety Act.
He admitted that on January 26th he illegally went onto the High Level Bridge and proceeded to base jump off of it.
While delivering the sentence the judge explained that it was important to send a message of deterrence, as Korthuis himself said had he known the legal consequences, he wouldn't have done it.
During sentencing the lawyer representing Korthuis asked for a complete discharge, saying that the negative publicity was enough of a deterrent . He added that the conviction might prevent Korthuis from entering the United States in the future.
Outside the courthouse Korthuis disagreed with concerns that his actions might encourage others to also make the jump, "I'm the only base jumper south of Calgary. There aren't other base jumpers in Lethbridge, there aren't other members of our community that have the qualifications to go up on that bridge and perform a base jump. I'm not inspiring base jumping, I don't promote base jumping, I promote outdoor living, I promote safe living as well. I did this jump safely. In my opinion you should have the right to pursue your dream."
Korthuis made the court appearance in a wheelchair as he continues to recover from serious injuries he suffered in May, when he experienced an equipment malfunction while legally base jumping off a bridge in Twin Falls Idaho.
Below is part of the interview with Korthuis following his sentencing.