Drunk driver Marco Muzzo denied parole
‘No more of my family left to kill,’ says mom who lost 3 kids, their grandpa, in Vaughan crash
GRAVENHURST, ONT.—THE man who killed her children and father in a drunk driving crash may have been denied release from prison Wednesday, but for Jennifer Neville-lake, her own life sentence continues without the possibility of a reprieve.
“I don’t and won’t get parole from this life sentence of misery and despair,” Nevillelake said in an emotional statement to a two-member parole board panel, from whom killer drunk driver Marco Muzzo was requesting his release on day parole.
After deliberating for about 20 minutes, the panel came back and denied both day and full parole.
“You sabotaged your progress you may have otherwise made by underestimating your problem with substance misuse, if not abuse,” board member Kevin Corcoran told Muzzo, 32, in a packed hearing room at Beaver Creek prison.
“We don’t question your remorse,” Corcoran said, adding Muzzo would need to pursue counselling in prison, especially regarding substance abuse. He can reapply for parole in one year, and he has two months to decide whether he wants to appeal Wednesday’s decision to the board’s appeal division.
“Before we can grant you parole, we need to have confidence that you will not be a risk to yourself and the community,” Corcoran said. A full parole decision from the board will be released within two weeks.
Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March 2016 after pleading guilty to several counts of impaired driving causing death for the crash that killed Daniel Nevillelake, 9, Harrison, 5, Milagros, 2, and their 65-year-old grandfather Gary Neville. The crash also seriously injured the children’s greatgrandmother and grandmother, who was driving the minivan carrying the family when Muzzo blew through a stop sign.
Earlier Wednesday, the family of Muzzo’s victims vehemently urged the board not to release him. Edward Lake, the children’s father, demanded that a photo of his children and father-in-law be placed in Muzzo’s cell, “so he can see daily what he destroyed.”
Denying Muzzo parole was no victory for the victims’ family, Jennifer Neville-lake told reporters afterward, as she and her husband returned Jennifer Neville-lake holds a photo of her late daughter Milly following Marco Muzzo's parole hearing Wednesday. The victims’ family opposed Muzzo’s release.
to an empty house.
“Whether or not he’s on day or full parole, it doesn’t change what I go home to every night, it doesn’t change how I live, it doesn’t change anything around me,” she told reporters. “So it doesn’t matter. If he gets parole — there’s no more of my family left to kill, no more children who will be riding in grandparents’ car anymore.” The 2015 crash killed 65-year-old Gary Neville and his three grandchildren, from left to right, Harrison, 5, Milagros, 2, and Daniel, 9. Hover your iphone camera or Android app for more Toronto news at thestar.com Riders crowd the platform at Bloor-yonge subway station.