Man convicted in 1993 abduction slaying seeks passes to leave prison

I know Dr. John Butt. He is a good man:

The man who committed a random sex killing that shook Calgary in 1993 is seeking temporary passes from prison.

Luc Yoland Gregoire abducted 22-year-old Lailanie Silva as she worked at a northeast Calgary convenience store, raped and strangled her before dumping her body in a ditch.

Gregoire, who is now 51 years old, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25-years at an undisclosed federal prison in his native Quebec.

Although Gregoire has not reached the point when he’s eligible to apply for early release, the Parole Board of Canada said he is seeking escorted temporary absences.

Corrections legislation allows offenders temporary passes — under escort or unescorted — prior to earning parole.

Most decisions regarding escorted release 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.

Privacy regulations prevent officials from revealing details of Gregoire’s application, though they will be disclosed at his hearing.

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 was washing the windows of a 7-Eleven store on Rundlehorn Drive N.E. when Gregoire grabbed her shortly after midnight on May 3, 1993.

A passerby found her body in a ditch along 80th Avenue N.E. in an area that was at the edge of the city back then.

Dr. John Butt, who was the chief medical examiner at the time, testified he’d rarely seen a murder as brutal as Silva’s.

“I’ve never seen sexual injuries like this before,” Butt told the court.

“These are very forceful injuries.”

Gregoire strangled Silva with such force that it crushed her larynx and pushed it to the back of her spine, Butt testified.

Gregoire was a former member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment who was working as a roofer in Calgary after leaving the military. A co-worker of Gregoire’s later recalled that the stocky ex-soldier easily handled 35-kilogram bundles of shingles and worked for hours without stopping.

Silva and three of her siblings had arrived in Canada from the Philippines a few months before the killings, and their parents were days from joining them in Calgary.

Trained as a teacher in her native country, Silva was working at 7-Eleven to save money to return to school.

The 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 killing Silva.

A Correctional Service of Canada report later found that a clerical error on Gregoire’s parole records mistakenly said his supervision ended in 1990 — not 1993.

As a result, Gregoire was released on bail twice after being arrested by Calgary police: first for impaired driving in January 1993, and again in three months later when he was charged with assaulting a prostitute.

In both cases, no one notified the parole office of the new charges, which would have likely resulted in him being returned to prison for violating his conditions.

Gregoire also served a two-year prison sentence in after he was convicted in 1981 of forcible confinement and indecent assault for attacking a woman outside a Quebec nightclub the previous year.


9 thoughts on “Man convicted in 1993 abduction slaying seeks passes to leave prison”

  1. The words of the victim’s sister and a detective who worked on the case speak volumes here:

    So does this paragraph:

    “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.”

    Compassion? Visiting family? Personal development? Community service, by a psychopath (IMO)? This is insane.

  2. John, will you please let us know what happens with Gregoire? It’s frightening to think that the public could be at risk again from this guy. From escorted absences, the next step is unescorted absences. Makes me wonder how many crimes against people are actually committed by those who are still officially “in custody”. It’s the perfect cover. Who’d think to look in jail?

  3. I was working with Lailanie the night that she was abducted and testified in the murder trial. I was 18 years old at the time and it was my 3rd shift at 7-11. I will never forget that night or even sitting on the stand in front of him. I will never get his face out of my mind. Luc Gregoire is a very sick man. I have now gone on with my life and I have children of my own but that night is always not that far away. I just read that he has been granted temporary leave (supervised) from the prison and it makes me sick to my stomach to even imagine. I don’t know how someone that sick could ever be rehabilitated.

  4. I was living just down a few minutes away and had walked to the store in the evening. Next morning when I heard of the horrific murder of the gentle Lailanie, I was petrified and sick to the pit of my belly and the entire human race. The victim thought Canada was safe that was her reason for being totally unguarded. But I think she was alone at that time for it took the police some days to find the Luc creep. I remember seeing his picture all tattooed from brain to toe. At that time there were no cameras in the Rundle 7 eleven. There was another murder around this time of a married waitress dileen who was shot by a customer when she was outside the bar getting ready to go home to her waiting husband. Her sister made tremendous effort to find her body which was found buried in a remote area. I too looked in fact the town was looking everywhere. The shooter didn’t even know her , he did it on an impulse and soon there was a murder of a cop who was laying a chain on the road when two psycho went over him. I have never forgotten the faces of these innocent people.
    These killers don’t deserve any mercy. Keep them locked so that no good human may look upon the face of evil.

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