A man convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his uncle is a step closer to being granted full parole.
Ignatius Joseph Miller was 20 when he killed his uncle, Kenneth Walsh, with an axe in the driveway of his family’s home in the Placentia Bay community of Jerseyside on Aug. 30, 1996. Miller later received a life sentence.
Last July, Miller was granted day parole for six months. It was continued with leave privileges in January of this year.
In a decision rendered earlier this month, the Parole Board of Canada requested a panel hearing to consider Miller’s eligibility for full parole. In the meantime, his day parole will continue for at least another three months.
In its decision, the parole board noted there have been no reported concerns with Miller’s behaviour since his latest release. It noted he has reconnected with family and friends and completed weekend passes to visit them without incident.
Miller has a history with drugs and alcohol, but is taking steps to conquer those addictions. He has participated in Alcoholics Anonymous. Miller also took part in a methadone program and has since weaned himself off the drug completely.
His release was suspended at one point for his own protection after someone made threats against Miller.
“You were understandably frustrated by this development, but were co-operative and used the skills you learned throughout programming to deal with the situation,” the parole board wrote in its decision. Within a month, he was released to a different community and has since been working part time.
According to the parole board’s decision, Miller’s case-management team and police are both supportive of his request for full parole, provided special conditions remain in place.
Miller’s most recent psychological assessment from 2012 found his risk to violently relapse was in the low range.
The parole board’s decision to grant Miller day parole in July 2013 was not a first-time event. He received that privilege at an earlier date after successfully completing temporary absences and work releases, but it was withdrawn when the parole board became aware of his alleged involvement in contraband tobacco.
Miller is not permitted to consume alcohol or drugs other than those required for medical purposes. He also cannot associate with anyone believed to be involved in criminal activity.