Three of­fend­ers granted day parole

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BRE MCA­DAM A Saska­toon mother who slit her six-year-old son’s throat in a bath­tub dur­ing a cus­tody dis­pute in 2013 has been de­nied full parole, but granted day parole fol­low­ing three months of un­escorted tem­po­rary ab­sences (UTAs).

The 36-year-old woman, who can­not be named in or­der to pro­tect her son’s iden­tity, was orig­i­nally de­nied UTAs fol­low­ing a hear­ing in March 2017. The Parole Board of Canada ruled the pro­posed plan to visit fam­ily mem­bers over a 48-hour pe­riod lacked the nec­es­sary struc­ture to pro­tect the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, last month she was granted both the ab­sences and day parole.

“You have a firm grasp of your risk fac­tors and an un­der­stand­ing of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors to your crim­i­nal of­fend­ing. You are mo­ti­vated to con­tinue to ac­cess your men­tal health sup­ports and other pos­i­tive sup­ports sys­tems in the com­mu­nity,” the board wrote in its de­ci­sion, adding the woman’s suc­cess­ful rein­te­gra­tion will help pro­tect the pub­lic.

The woman has spe­cial con­di­tions not to have any con­tact with her two sons, who have ex­pressed fear of fur­ther vic­tim­iza­tion.

In April 2016, she was sen­tenced to five and a half years after plead­ing down from at­tempted mur­der to ag­gra­vated as­sault. Her statu­tory re­lease date is in De­cem­ber 2019. Of­fend­ers serv­ing de­ter­mi­nate sen­tences are en­ti­tled to be re­leased after serv­ing two-thirds of their time. They are el­i­gi­ble to seek parole after serv­ing onethird of their time. Hugo Gal­le­gos is al­most done his most re­cent six-month stint on day parole, which was re­newed fol­low­ing a re­view in Septem­ber.

Gal­le­gos stole $5.8 mil­lion from the White­cap Dakota First Na­tion be­tween 2009 and 2013 while he was the band’s se­nior ac­coun­tant. He was sen­tenced in 2015 to five years in prison after plead­ing guilty to theft and fraud over $5,000 and laun­der­ing the pro­ceeds of crime.

The board found there is noth­ing to sug­gest Gal­le­gos’s risk has in­creased since he was first granted day parole in April 2017. The de­ci­sion states Gal­le­gos has been at­tend­ing Gam­blers Anony­mous meet­ing for his gam­bling ad­dic­tion and is banned from casi­nos while on re­lease. He also can’t own or op­er­ate a busi­ness.

His statu­tory re­lease date is in Jan­uary 2019. In 2010, Jake Austin Lee Ot­ter­tail vi­ciously beat his room­mate and friend, Bert Haverkort, to death in a drunken rage at their rented home in Saska­toon’s Caswell Hill Neigh­bour­hood. Three years later, he was sen­tenced to 10 years in prison, mi­nus a three-year re­mand credit, after a judge con­victed him of man­slaugh­ter.

The board ruled Ot­ter­tail will re­main on day parole un­til his statu­tory re­lease next month. He was granted day parole in Jan­uary 2017.

The board in­di­cated that while Ot­ter­tail has been work­ing and com­plet­ing pro­grams over the past year, he has not demon­strated a “vi­able plan” for full parole.

While on day parole, he is not al­lowed to be around any­one in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and must stay away from drugs and al­co­hol, con­di­tions that will re­main while he is on statu­tory re­lease.

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