Murderer Kelly Ellard is one of the lucky ones – a killer permitted freedom despite her refusal to tell the truth about the central role she played in a savage murder. In 1997, 14-year-old Reena Virk was beaten by a group of teens and drowned near Victoria, B.C. Ellard was convicted of murder after a trial heard that she held Reena’s head under water until the badly injured, struggling girl fell limp. Ellard has come timidly to the precipice of a full confession, too cowardly to plunge fully forward. Despite this, she is free from prison on parole, clinging to denials and rationalizations.
The last time Micky McArthur was free from prison, he armed himself with a high-powered rifle, robbed a bank in a small central Ontario town and tried to kill three police officers blocking his getaway. He shot two others. Now, 24 years after the bloody bank heist, the career criminal has convinced authorities to give him unsupervised release from prison. He is serving four life sentences, among 200 convictions. His freedom comes despite longstanding objections of police, who believe McArthur also got away with murder. It is well known publicly that investigators believe McArthur kidnapped and murdered a man, 24-year-old Tom Gencarelli, in Kingston, Ontario, in 1982. Cancrime learned that McArthur is a suspect in a second unsolved homicide, a 35-year-old case long shrouded in mystery and tied to the federal prison system.
The parole board has altered conditions of release imposed on a freed hockey coach who committed hundreds of sexual assaults on young players. The change, made in a decision June 21, 2018, would permit Graham James to meet face to face with his victims or their families, if they choose, as part of a restorative opportunities program. The meetings are arranged and closely monitored by a facilitator. The parole board decision (read a written record of it, after the jump) also reveals how James has fared in the community since he was granted full parole in September 2016.
An Ontario man charged with violently assaulting two people in southwestern B.C. is a paroled killer responsible for five deaths in a 25-year criminal career that includes a dramatic prison break, the kidnapping and rape of a woman and a shootout at a police roadblock. Documents acquired by Cancrime reveal that Thomas Brydges, 73, who is serving a life sentence, was granted full parole – the most permissive freedom for a lifer – in 2014, despite a psychological assessment that concluded his risk for reoffending was “moderate-high level” and despite a previous failure on full parole. Brydges was notorious in Ontario, in part, for drowning four friends when he drove a stolen car into a canal to elude pursuing police and for his role in a breakout from medium-security Collins Bay penitentiary in Kingston that led to a three-day crime spree.
Thomas Robichaud, a pedophile who has raped and molested boys as young as four dating back nearly three decades, had no intention of obeying conditions imposed on his freedom. Robichaud was released from prison in January 2018 but he was back behind bars just eight weeks later. Authorities feared Robichaud wouldn’t obey the rules. A document acquired by Cancrime (read it after the jump) describes him, before release, as “a high risk to re-offend against children” with low “reintegration potential and accountability” and demonstrating “a disregard for court ordered conditions.” Doctors believe he is so dangerous that he should take sex-drive reducing drugs to prevent him from attacking children.
A psychopathic sex predator is outwitting the criminal justice system and its clumsy efforts to control him. Don Gazley, who has changed his name to Greyson, has a 30-year history of preying on children and vulnerable adults. He’s free from prison, living in Vancouver on supervised release but parole and Corrections authorities have concluded, now that he’s been free for 26 months, that he has “little interest in complying” with rules. Gazley “poses a substantial risk to society” if he continues to live in the city, authorities conclude. It’s feared Gazley is scheming to find new victims. Recently, he was caught with a duffel bag of items – an apparent “rape kit” and tools to groom child victims. And yet, prosecutors refuse to take action – despite three recommendations from the parole board that Gazley should be charged criminally – action that should permit authorities to put him in prison again.
A paroled murderer who killed a 16-year-old girl while he was free on parole three decades ago has been sent back to prison after his latest parole was revoked. Patrice Mailloux was released from penitentiary in 2016 to complete his life sentence under community supervision in the Montreal area. He was permitted to leave prison and live at a halfway house but was caught gambling, racking up debts and lying to supervisors – part of a pattern of chronic failure on community release. In a recent decision, the parole board concluded that supervision in the community was impossible because of Mailloux’s erratic behaviour. (UPDATE MARCH 7: The parole board restored Mailloux’s freedom. Read the new decision in the Parole Records Library.)
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would believe outlaw biker Carl Bursey when he claims that he has renounced gang life. At age 43, Bursey has amassed more than 70 convictions for drug dealing, violence, possession of weapons and making death threats. A member of the Bandidos biker gang, Bursey has been in and out of prison repeatedly for more than 20 years. He has been caught violating release rules, consorting with gangsters and committing new crimes every time he’s been turned loose. His statutory release from his latest federal term was finally revoked after four suspensions including a head-buttting confrontation with a rival biker gang member.