Killer has day parole extended

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A 26-year-old Kamloops man who stabbed a romantic rival to death in an Aberdeen gas station seven years ago has had his day-parole extended by justice officials.

Stephen Patrick Roe was convicted of manslaughter in for the 2006 slaying of David Holditch.

On Feb. 21, 2006, Roe armed himself with an eight-inch hunting knife and set off for the Aberdeen Esso after coming across a series of flirtatious Internet messages between his girlfriend, Kyla Regnier, and Holditch, who worked at the gas station on Rogers Way.

Roe attacked Holditch — Regnier’s ex-boyfriend — and stabbed him six times, including once in the heart. The 18-year-old died on the floor of the Esso convenience store.

Convicted of second-degree murder in 2007, Roe successfully appealed and was granted a new trial.

He was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter in January 2010.

Following that conviction, Roe was handed a sentence of nine years in federal prison.

With credit for time served, the sentence worked out to just shy of six years.

Roe was granted day parole in August 2012. The term covered six months and was renewed on Jan. 29, according to documents obtained by KTW.

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) noted in its decision to renew Roe’s day-parole term that he has no other criminal history and that Holditch’s death has been his only contact with the criminal-justice system.

The PBC has previously expressed concerns about Roe’s conduct while in custody, including two violent incidents.

First, the PBC states, while on remand in a provincial jail, Roe was involved “with several other inmates in an assault against another offender.”

Later, in federal custody, the PBC states, Roe took part in a “major incident” involving cells being set on fire. He is also alleged to have been in possession of a “spear-like weapon” at the time of the incident.

In 2011, investigators found a homemade computer in Roe’s cell.

It was determined he had assembled the computer while on bail and had it shipped to the prison.

The computer had Internet capabilities, according to the PBC, and Roe used it to access email and download pornography.

That discovery resulted in Roe spending two months in segregation.

A psychological assessment earlier this year pegged Roe as a “low to moderate” risk to re-offend.

Conditions of Roe’s release include orders he not leave the country, not possess any weapons and notify parole officers about any change in work, education or any relationships.

He will also be bound by special conditions named in the document, including following “psychological counselling . . . to address your personal/emotional issues and marital/family needs” and having no contact with Holditch’s family.

“Friends and family of the victim have submitted statements which speak to their grief and anger about the crime,” the document reads.

“They continue to suffer emotional trauma as a result of losing their loved one. They do not want any contact with you.”

Roe will be living in a halfway house, but the document does not say in what community the residence is located.

He has been working since being granted day parole last summer.

His sentence will not end until 2015.


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