Imprisoned cop killer wins court battle for transfer

A judge has ordered Corrections Canada to move an ailing, geriatric double cop killer to a minimum-security Ontario prison with no fences and no armed guards so he can be closer to his sister. James Hutchison (inset), 82, went to court because Corrections denied his transfer to Beaver Creek Institution, near Gravenhurst. Hutchison is currently behind bars at Bath Institution, a medium-security prison just west of Kingston, Ontario. Hutchison suffered a “deprivation of liberty,” when Corrections blocked the transfer in July last year, Ontario Superior Court Justice Stanley Kershman ruled, in a recent judgment (full judgment here). “There was no new evidentiary basis being put forward to increase the applicant’s escape risk from low to moderate,” the judge wrote.

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Cop killer Laurie Bell gets another shot at freedom

Laurie BellImprisoned cop killer Laurie Ann Bell (inset), who was caught consorting with a male prison guard the last time she was free on early release from prison, is getting another shot at freedom. This time, not surprisingly, she’s being ordered to report all “intimate relationships and friendships” to her parole supervisor, with whom she has to make contact at least four times a month. An internal parole document (available after the jump) sets out all the conditions, including the requirement that she stay at a halfway house.

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Ailing cop killer James Hutchison denied transfer

Imprisoned geriatric double cop killer James Hutchison (inset in 1974) is staying put in higher security. The ruthless murderer, who is serving a life sentence at medium-security Bath Institution, a federal prison just west of Kingston, Ontario, has not been moved to a minimum-security prison as scheduled because he’s undergoing treatment for cancer, sources have told me.

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The double cop killing that shocked the nation




James Hutchison (jumpsuit) and Richard Ambrose (hat) are led into court in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Dec. 16, 1974. All photos courtesy, Moncton Times and Transcript

Thirty-five years ago, Canadians were stunned by a ruthless murder in Moncton. The picturesque east coast city was rocked by the slayings of two city police officers, Cpl. Aurele Bourgeois and Const. Michael O’Leary, who were pushed into shallow graves by a pair of kidnappers, then shot in the head. The killers were condemned to hang, but their sentences were commuted to life in prison when Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976. One of the killers, Richard Ambrose, has been free on parole, but is back behind bars. The other man, James Hutchison, who was fingered by investigators as the mastermind behind the kidnapping and the killings, is behind bars in Ontario but is working his way toward freedom, for the second time. After the jump, the parole records of both killers, the memories of an RCMP officer who caught the murderers, and the exclusive story of Hutchison’s pending transfer to a prison with no fences.

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Cop killer Laurie Bell ordered back to prison

Laurie BellCop killer Laurie Bell (inset) lied about her ‘boy.’ Confronted by her parole officer with the allegation that she was secretly having an affair with a federal prison guard she met while behind bars in Edmonton, Bell “vehemently denied any involvement,” according to a parole board decision made April 3, 2009 (read the whole decision after the jump). The document explains the decision to throw Bell, who has been free on statutory release for a year, back behind bars. One tidbit of evidence: There were phone numbers for the prison guard in Bell’s cellphone listed under ‘my boy.’

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Cop killer's release revoked over prison guard affair

You heard it here first: The National Parole Board has revoked the release of cop killer Laurie Ann Bell [previous post]. She confessed to having an affair with a male prison guard that continued after she was released from prison. When she was first questioned, she lied to her parole officer and a parole supervisor, internal records show. The decision to throw her back behind bars was made six days ago. The full text of the decision will be available here later today. Check back.

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Mountie killer Laurie Bell’s revealing parole records

Laurie BellCop killer Laurie Ann Bell (inset) is an impulsive, drug-addled alcoholic who has contempt for the courts and has shown little remorse or understanding of the impact of her crimes, National Parole Board records reveal (read them after the jump). Now she’s at the centre of a prison-sex scandal. She was released from penitentiary in March 2008, after serving two thirds of her 10-year sentence for manslaughter in the death of RCMP officer Dennis Strongquill in 2001. He was a 52-year-old father of six. Bell, 27, is back behind bars, her release suspended, because she’s accused of having a secret affair with a male prison guard at the Edmonton Institution for Women, where she had been locked up.

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Mr. Big still inflicts a sharp sting

What’s most remarkable about the confessions of two Alberta men as accomplices in the slayings of four police officers is the apparently limitless dimwittedness of Canadians targeted by sneaky, undercover cops seeking confessions. Dennis Cheeseman and Shawn Hennessey were snared in the now infamous and controversial Mr. Big sting.

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