More on Luc

Maybe I missed it, but anywhere in this article does it bother to mention that his prior offenses were from Quebec?

SECTION: December 15, 1995
CBCA-ACC-NO: 3549005
LENGTH: 458 words

HEADLINE: Solicitor general admits Gregoire case not handled properly

BODY:EDMONTON (CP) – Ottawa is satisfied appropriate steps have beentaken to prevent the communication breakdown that contributed to themurder of a Calgary woman by a ex-convict with a history ofviolence.

”I quite agree that this matter was not handled properly,”Solicitor General Herb Gray told the Edmonton Journal on Thursday ina report from Ottawa. ”There were a number of different errors.” Gray made the comments following reports of a damning investigation by Corrections Canada into how the system failed Lailanie Silva.

On May 3, 1993, the 22-year-old convenience-store clerk wasabducted, raped and strangled by Quebec roofer Luc Gregoire, less than one hour after another woman fought off his attempt to kidnapher.

Gregoire should have been in jail at the time for repeated parole violations, concluded the report obtained under access-to-information laws. Some details of the investigation were reported last year.

Gregoire, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder in June 1994 and sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he has spent most of his adult life for a string of assaults, robberies and drinking offences.

If Gregoire had served the full seven-year sentence for which he was originally convicted in 1986, he would have been locked up until May 13, 1993, nearly two weeks after Silva was killed.

”They should serve their full sentence,” said Reform critic Art Hanger, a former Calgary detective who wants an end to the mandatory release program.

Gregoire has a long history of violent offences dating back to1981. Unsuitable for early parole because of his involvement in violent prison incidents and his refusal to accept treatment for chronic substance abuse, Gregoire was released on mandatory supervision in1991.

Parole officers were not immediately notified when Gregoire was arrested by Calgary police for drunk driving in January 1993. When he told his parole supervisor of the charge the next month, she said she was told by Calgary’s traffic court there was no recordof the offence. She declined to take any action. More seriously, the collapse in communication meant parole officials weren’t told after Gregoire was arrested for assaulting a Calgary prostitute with a hammerApril 6, 1993.

Both offences would have justified revoking his freedom weeks before he killed Silva. But due to a typographical error, the date he would have gainedfull release was incorrectly listed in a remand centre’s computer data base as May 13, 1990, instead of 1993, and he wasn’t detained.The fact parole supervisors didn’t learn of the previous twoarrests until after the murder couldn’t be adequately explained to the investigating board.

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