timberland bethel family questions effectiveness of system as killer released
Pleading guilty to manslaughter and sentenced to eight years in prison in 2014 in connection with the shooting death of 27 year old Amy Sands two years earlier, Jesse George Hill was granted statutory release this month after only serving a little more than three years. 31, 2012, after shots rang out at a house party in Dover.
The bullets were meant for her former boyfriend, with whom Hill had been in a heated argument. before bullets were sent flying.
Originally charged with second degree murder, the lengthy trial came to an end when Hill who denied firing the fatal shots pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Given 1.5 times credit for a little over two years of pre trial time served, Hill went to prison with only four years and nine months left of his eight year sentence.
bothers us, and what bothers me, is what purpose did the incarceration serve? said Ed Sands. should serve as a punishment, it should serve as a deterrent if the Canadian justice system is true to what it says it all about, it should serve some rehabilitation. sentences that include pre trial incarceration are especially tough for victims families, said Amy father.
of the purposes for the incarceration is to allow time to heal for families and victims, he said.
don know if society healed after only 38 months you can say this all took place on Aug. 31, 2012. The healing starts on Nov. 2, 2014, the end of the trial and sentencing. statutory release granted to federal prisoners after completing two thirds of their sentences comes with a number of conditions, including residency conditions, not to have contact with the victims family or anybody involved with drugs or crime, and participating in mandatory drug and mental health treatment programs.
In the parole board decision, concerns were raised about Hill behaviour and lack of progress during his incarceration, including fights, segregation, and four serious prison charges that included the discovery of a stabbing weapon inside his cell.
Jesse George Hill is taken into custody by Calgary police on Sept. 4, 2012. Jim Wells/Postmedia File
The report also states Hill was suspended from substance abuse programs due to disruptive and disrespectful behaviour, adding his addictions largely went untreated while inside.
board finds that your potential violent behavior has not diminished during your incarceration, the decision read, claiming Hill made no attempt to reduce his risk factors while behind bars.
potential for future violence is highlighted by your actions that caused the death of the victim and your previous violent and menacing behaviour in the community that included drug trafficking, street gang associations and entrenched criminal values. the parole board said, had trouble coming to terms with his crime, mentioning he continues to minimize his involvement in Sands death specifically his admission of knowing who fired the fatal shot.
remains a concern that you are reluctant to identify the shooter, the report reads.
attitude demonstrates a criminal entrenchment. aside, the board spoke of Hill desire to put his past behind him, and his assurances the weight of his crimes will him to do good and succeed.
That a sentiment Sands hopes comes to fruition.
hope that happens, he said.
trying not to be cynical let hope it happens. Let be as optimistic as the justice system. that possibility of healing for everybody involved Sands is most hopeful for.