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

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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.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAY PRINCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY VIA THE CANADIAN PRESS

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