Ex-NHLer and killer drunk driver Ramage gets parole break

Rob RamageTen years after ex-NHLer Rob Ramage (inset) killed one person and seriously injured another while driving drunk, he has his Ontario driver’s licence back and has been given the go-ahead by the Parole Board of Canada to drive again, though he remains on parole. Ramage, a steady defenceman and onetime captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was convicted of impaired driving causing death and three other charges after a crash in 2003 near Toronto that killed his good friend, former NHL star Keith Magnuson, and seriously injured a 39-year-old woman, Michelle Pacheco. Ramage was sentenced to four years in prison but he was paroled after serving just 10 months. The parole board recently agreed to lift the driving ban it had imposed, following a “rare” request from Corrections Canada, a written record of the parole board decision reveals (read it in full after the jump). The board says it lifted the ban because Ramage is assessed as a low risk to reoffend, his “reintegration and motivation levels continue to be high” and, this measure will “further your gradual reintegration into the community as a law-abiding citizen.”

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Families of victims decry treatment by prison bureaucracy

Jazmine HouleTwo Ontario mothers whose teenage daughters were the victims of violent crimes – one was raped and the other killed by a drunk driver – are outraged over their treatment by a supposedly victim-friendly federal bureaucracy. Corrections Canada refuses to allow the women to visit the prisons where the perpetrators are incarcerated until it drafts a national policy on the issue. Victims have routinely been allowed to tour penitentiaries across the country for more than a decade.

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Ramage parole doc reveals info not disclosed at hearing

Rob RamageRarely have I seen surprising new information in the written record of a parole hearing I have attended, but it’s there in the internal document (read it after the jump) for paroled former pro hockey player Rob Ramage (inset). The onetime captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs recently won release to a halfway house after a hearing held at the Kingston, Ontario prison where’s serving his four-year prison sentence for driving drunk and killing a friend. The four-page parole document reveals that Ramage had a driving-related brush with the law while he was free on bail.

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Killer drunk driver Rob Ramage granted parole from prison

Rob RamageImprisoned former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob Ramage (inset) has been paroled to a halfway house in London, Ontario, after 10 months behind bars and despite insisting he does not remember getting drunk the day he killed his close friend. “We feel that the risk is manageable on this type of release,” parole board member Bruce Malcolm said, after a three-hour hearing that I attended May 5 at Frontenac Institution.

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Ex-NHLer Ramage granted limited freedom from prison

Keith MagnusonImprisoned former NHL defenceman Rob Ramage was granted partial freedom at a parole hearing Friday. A two-member panel of the Parole Board of Canada granted Ramage’s request for unescorted passes. He will be able to leave Frontenac Institution, the minimum-security prison in Kingston, Ontario, where he is serving his four-year sentence, without an escort. “That would be for up to 72 hours a month,” said Carol Sparling, a spokeswoman for the board in Kingston.

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Ex-NHLer Rob Ramage likely to get early parole

Rob RamageFormer NHL player Rob Ramage (inset) is likely to be paroled today, eight months after he began serving a four-year prison sentence. The one-time captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs went to prison in July last year after he lost an appeal of his conviction for driving drunk and crashing his car, killing his passenger and friend, former Chicago Blackhawks star defenceman Keith Magnuson.

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Accused killer driver Luskin a Kingston fraudster

The man accused of plowing a car into a minivan at 200 kilometres per hour in Toronto, killing three people, dodged jail time two years ago in Kingston when he was convicted of rigging a Scotiabank ATM with devices that steal personal data and PIN numbers from customers.

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Canada’s deadliest drunk driver freed from prison

“I don’t care if anyone is dead,” Scott said, as he was pried from the wreck of the stolen car he had just plowed into another car, killing four people, including three children. He was unlicensed and his blood-alcohol level was double the legal limit.

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