Calgary killer seeks escorted passes / 7-22-11

As homicide detectives pleaded with Luc Gregoire to tell them what happened to Lailanie Silva, he remained unmoved and told them nothing.

Now, the impassive killer who refused to help investigators after he abducted, raped and killed 22-year-old Silva in 1993 is asking authorities for mercy.

Gregoire, who is now 51, has asked the Parole Board of Canada for escorted temporary passes from the undisclosed Quebec prison where he is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

“This is insane. This really hurts,” Silva’s sister, Nina, said Thursday. “Every second, my sister is in my heart. We’ll never forget about it.”

Although Gregoire hasn’t reached the point when he’s eligible to apply for parole, corrections legislation allows offenders temporary passes – under escort or unescorted – prior to earning release. Most decisions regarding escorted passes are left up to the warden of the institution, but offenders under life sentence must have their cases referred to the parole board for a hearing.

A date for Gregoire’s hearing hasn’t been set, said Louis-Philippe Moisan, a parole board spokesman in Quebec.

Generally speaking, escorted absences are granted to inmates for compassionate reasons, family visits, or personal development and community service designed to prepare them for release.

Silva worked at a 7-Eleven store on Rundlehorn Drive N.E. and was washing the windows outside when Gregoire grabbed her shortly after midnight on May 3, 1993. Silva’s killing touched off intense criticism of authorities when it was revealed Gregoire was on supervised release and should have been returned to prison for breaching his conditions prior to the murder.


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