A stoic and private man who has grieved for his murdered wife for two decades wiped away tears when a jury announced that the killer did not deserve an earlier chance at parole. The 12-person panel also ruled Tuesday that imprisoned killer Terry Kennedy (inset) cannot apply for another faint hope hearing. He will have to wait to seek full parole in May 2016, after he has served 25 years of his life sentence.
Lawyers will make closing statements Monday at the faint hope hearing of imprisoned killer Terry Kennedy (inset). The 41-year-old Kingston, Ontario man, who was convicted in 1992 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, is pleading for a shot at earlier parole under the rarely used section of the Criminal Code. He has to convince a 12-person jury that he deserves it. Kennedy testified this week during the faint hope hearing being held in Kingston, breaking a 20-year public silence about the savage murder.
An imprisoned killer who slashed a woman’s throat during a robbery and left her to bleed to death refused to admit his guilt for the first 13 years he was behind bars, a jury heard Monday in a courtroom in Kingston, Ontario. Terry Kennedy would not confess because he hoped an appeal would succeed (it did not) and he was afraid that his family would abandon him if they knew the truth. Kennedy also confessed to a prison psychologist that he brought the “scariest” knife he had in his kitchen to the robbery, the hearing heard. The weapon was used to torture and kill Yvonne Rouleau, a 34-year-old mother of three who operated a gas station in downtown Kingston. These revelations, unknown even to the police officer who investigated the crime 20 years ago, came during a rare faint hope hearing.
This will be a painful week for Paul Rouleau (inset). For the first time in two decades, the Kingston man will have to stare down the two men who slashed his wife’s throat and left her to bleed to death on the floor of the gar bar she operated. In a Kingston courtroom Monday, Rouleau confronts Terry Kennedy and four weeks later, he faces Richard Joyce. The killers, who stole a few thousand dollars from the gas bar, were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 25 years for murdering Yvonne Rouleau in 1991. They applied for and won the right to faint hope hearings at which they can argue they should be entitled to earlier parole eligibility.
Axe murderer Francis Clancy threw “temper tantrums” and was resistant to a drug treatment program in the community, but the National Parole Board has decided to extend his parole (doc after the jump) anyway. He’s now living at a halfway house on Victoria Island, in British Columbia, far from Ottawa, Ontario, where he savagely murdered 29-year-old Iain Irvine in 1983. The board says Clancy is “highly motivated” to succeed on release, although when he’s been confronted about the murder that put him in prison for life, he can’t really explain why he did it.
Paul Rouleau is restrained by Kingston Police officers on May 6, 1991, after he rushed to the gas bar where his wife Yvonne worked. She was found murdered in the gas bar kiosk, her throat slashed (photo by Michael Lea)
The passage of decades does not dull the agony and anger of some people who endure the unimaginable horror of having a loved one murdered. This was never clearer to me than when I met recently with Paul Rouleau, a Kingston, Ontario man thrust, like an ant under a magnifying glass, into a searing light on May 6, 1991. That’s the day that Rouleau’s wife Yvonne was tortured, robbed and murdered at the gas bar she operated at one of Kingston’s busiest intersections. Two killers, including one man who worked at the gas station, stabbed her repeatedly with a knife until she opened a safe. Then they slashed her throat and stole several thousand dollars. Her body was found by her sister, in a pool of blood on the floor of the gas bar kiosk, later that morning. Paul Rouleau had not spoken publicly about his wife’s murder for more than 15 years. He felt compelled to break his silence. His wife’s killers have been granted faint hope hearings, at which they can plead for earlier parole eligbility – the federal government is moving to eliminate this provision in the Criminal Code – but it comes too late for Paul Rouleau. The complete story (published in The Whig-Standard) after the jump.
UPDATE MARCH 30: Mailloux was denied any form of early release.
A “demonic” killer who has repeatedly reoffended on early releases from prison was scheduled to go before the National Parole Board again today, begging for release. Patrice Mailloux (inset) shot a 16-year-old girl in the head during a convenience store robbery in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1987. Mailloux has claimed that the gun went off accidentally, killing Laura Ann Davis. The parole board expressed doubts about his story. Mailloux was on day parole at the time of the murder. Internal records of three previous parole decisions in his case – available in full after the jump – reveal that Mailloux has a disturbing diagnosis that renders him a frightening criminal.
Imprisoned axe murderer Francis Patrick Clancy, who bashed in the head of a young born-again Christian man who had befriended him in Ottawa, has been paroled, Cancrime learned. The 62-year-old Clancy, who is serving a life sentence in a British Columbia prison, was granted release to a halfway house (day parole), despite his repeated infractions, escapes and what the parole board calls his “parasitical life of crime” dating to 1969.