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B.C. man convicted for 1998 murder in Terrace released on day parole

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B.C. man convicted for 1998 murder in Terrace released on day parole

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterTerrace Commonplace

Fri., Sept. 17, 20213 min. read

Early Newspaper

A man serving a life sentence for the brutal slaying of a woman in Terrace in 1998 has been released on day parole cessation to Prince George.

Christopher Maurice Alexander, now 40, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for the Dec. 9, 1998, killing of 36-yr-traditional Linda LeFranc and has sought release since 2008 when his seven-yr parole ban concluded.

His case was reviewed by Canada’s Parole Board in August, being granted day leave on Aug, 26, effecting Sept. 13.

The parole is for a duration of six months without authorization for in a single day leave. He is now not allowed to focus on to Kitimat, Terrace, Burnaby or Vancouver Island without prior, written permission from his parole supervisor. After the six months, his case will seemingly be reviewed.

“Worried” by the parole board’s decision, LeFranc’s sister Anita Johnstone who was indicate almost for the hearing, told Unlit Press Media that a criminal conviction of a life sentence desires to be a final decision that affords closure to the households.

“Instead now we hold fought yearly for years to strive to forestall an untreated offender from being released into our communities, only to hold the device release him to reoffend,” stated Johntstone.

Johnstone stated she was informed by the Parole Board that Alexander will live at Kenneth Creek Camp (Aghelh-Nebun) a halfway condominium located cessation to Prince George.

In Dec. 1998, then 17-yr-traditional Alexander, entered LeFranc’s condominium using a key hidden outside the front door and stabbed the sufferer 83 instances. Her physique was came upon by her seven-yr-traditional daughter.

Alexander was arrested in Terrace in 1999 and sentenced in 2002 to life in prison after he was came upon guilty of the second-degree murder of LeFranc, who was his neighbour on Braun St. in Terrace.

This isn’t essentially the most considerable time Alexander has been granted day parole.

In 2015, after spending half of of his 13 years behind bars at the minimum security Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village in the Fraser Valley, Alexander was granted day parole and released to a nearby halfway condominium.

In June 2016, Alexander was arrested by Abbotsford police and charged with two counts of sexual assault.

Those charges had been stayed, then again, when the alleged sufferer was both unable or unwilling to testify.

Since then, the parole board has denied numerous appeals for day parole, nonetheless in 2019 the board authorized escorted non permanent absences for neighborhood carrier.

Alexander’s psychological overview from 2020 assessed him at a “reasonable risk to reoffend” while yet every other overview attach him as a”excessive risk to offend.”

These concerns had been taken into chronicle by board individuals according to his Aug. 26 parole decision information.

Whereas making the decision, the board weighed other elements, resembling Alexander accepting responsibility for LeFranc’s murder, maintaining sobriety, developing better insight, completing a collection of applications and his dedication to forestall involved in his Indigenous spirituality among other aspects of his rehabilitation efforts.

“Once again, it’s an instance of our criminal justice device being extra concerned with offenders’ rights, Christopher Alexander’s rights than that of Linda’s rights, the risk he poses to public safety and our genuine to be glean from Christopher Alexander and these offenders admire him,” stated Johnstone.

“How many extra innocent victims must always gain or die attributable to the device’s leniency and absence of due diligence in monitoring violent untreated offenders released abet into society?”

READ MORE: Family unshakable in plea to defend LeFranc’s killer in prison

-With recordsdata from Quinn Bender

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B.C. man convicted for 1998 murder in Terrace released on day parole