An­other chance

Tyler James Roy gets new con­di­tions on his statu­tory re­lease from prison

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS

A P.E.I. man who was sent back to prison af­ter vi­o­lat­ing re­lease con­di­tions will get an­other chance to show he can fol­low the rules.

Tyler James Roy, 24, was sen­tenced in 2015 to two years in prison for break, en­ter and theft for which he was given a statu­tory re­lease in March.

The Pa­role Board of Canada sus­pended that re­lease af­ter only a few weeks for what it said was de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of be­hav­iour and to pre­vent a breach.

In a re­cent re­port, the board said there was sus­pi­cion Roy was un­der the in­flu­ence of in­tox­i­cants dur­ing a meet­ing af­ter he ex­hib­ited er­ratic be­hav­iour.

Roy also breached a con­di­tion of his re­lease that he not buy al­co­hol.

His ex­pla­na­tion was that a fe­male ac­quain­tance asked him to buy it be­cause she didn’t have proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Roy said he didn’t drink it and re­al­ized “how stupid” his ac­tions were.

Statu­tory re­lease is not a de­ci­sion the pa­role board makes, but it can im­pose con­di­tions on that re­lease, as it did in Roy’s case.

Roy told the board he didn’t put the right amount of ef­fort into his statu­tory re­lease and took it for granted.

He de­nied us­ing il­licit sub­stances or en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing that time.

Roy said his ADHD, bi-po­lar con­di­tion and an im­bal­ance of med­i­ca­tions he was on im­pacted his abil­ity to fo­cus and con­cen­trate.

With his re­lease, the board im­posed sev­eral new con­di­tions, in­clud­ing that Roy must take pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion as di­rected. Roy must also abide by a cur­few.

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