Con­victed mur­derer gains 48 hour ab­sences

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

An in­mate, who is serv­ing a life sen­tence for mur­der, has re­ceived 48 -hour un­escorted leave from the Drumheller In­sti­tu­tion Min­i­mum Se­cu­rity Unit, prompt­ing a mem­ber of a slain woman’s fam­ily to in­form the com­mu­nity.

Robin Spooner is the sis­ter in law of Stephanie Spooner, who in 1991, was slain by the hand of Bradley Paetsch, who is now known as Tris­tan Ryan. Stephanie was 16 years old at the time, and Ryan was 18. Spooner is con­cerned that he will be out on the street.

“You will have in your com­mu­nity a guy who has been con­victed of first de­gree mur­der,” said Robin.

He was sen­tenced to life in prison with no el­i­gi­bil­ity for pa­role for 25 years. In 2010, he was granted abil­ity to ap­ply for pa­role by March 2014, two years ear­lier than his statu­tory date. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports at the time of this rul­ing, he has changed, and the Faint Hope Clause was suit­able for him.

Robin tells The Mail he was just granted un­escorted tem­po­rary ab­sences.

“These are overnight, with no an­kle bracelet, no mon­i­tor­ing, he does have some con­di­tions at­tached to those.”

When Ryan be­came el­i­gi­ble for pa­role in 2014, he waived his right.

While he has now been granted these new terms of re­lease, he has vol­un­teered in the com­mu­nity dur­ing tem­po­rary es­corted ab­sences. He mar­ried while he was in prison.

He was granted the un­escorted ab­sences at a hear­ing in front of a judge, who ruled on Septem­ber 8. Robin says a fam­ily mem­ber still at­tends these hear­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pa­role Board of Canada Web­site, “The de­ci­sion to grant or deny pa­role in­volves a thor­ough re­view of in­for­ma­tion and as­sess­ment of risk. The safety of the pub­lic is al­ways the paramount con­sid­er­a­tion in all pa­role de­ci­sions.”

“I think it is some­thing that is im­por­tant that the com­mu­nity knows, es­pe­cially when it is some­body who has been con­victed of such a hor­ren­dous crime,” said Spooner.

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