Marco Muzzo, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he killed three children and an adult while drunk driving, has been granted day parole 

When the Parole Board of Canada granted day parole to Marco Muzzo, a convicted drunk driver who killed four people, they noted psychiatric assessments placed him at a “low category of risk for re-offending” if released into the community.

The decision, rendered on April 28, was not made public until Thursday afternoon at the request of the National Post.

The parole board ruling denied him full parole, noting that while Muzzo had initially applied only for day parole, his “case management team” encouraged him to apply for full parole, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parole board imposes a number of conditions upon Muzzo when he’s on release, including prohibitions from entering Brampton, the community of King City or the town Aurora, without written consent of a parole officer. He’s also prohibited from consuming, buying or possessing alcohol and entering “drinking establishments.”

On Sept. 27, 2015., Muzzo had flown back to Toronto on a private jet. He’d been at his bachelor party in Miami. Upon retrieving his Jeep Cherokee, he headed for home in Woodbridge, but blew a stop sign in Vaughn, slamming into the driver’s side of a minivan.

Four people were killed: Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison and two-year-old sister Milly. The children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, was also killed.

The children’s grandmother and great-grandmother were injured in the crash. On Tuesday, when Muzzo’s parole was announced, the mother of the children and Gary’s daughter, Jennifer Neville-Lake, said in a Facebook post that “nothing changes” for her.

Jennifer Neville-Lake, the mother of three children, who along with their grandfather were killed by a drunk driver, addresses media following a parole hearing for Marco Muzzo at Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont. on Wednesday November 7, 2018

“No matter what happened today, Daniel, Harry and Milly don’t get to come back home. My dad isn’t coming home to my mom,” she wrote. “I know I did my best. My family’s killer, drunk driver Marco Michael Muzzo has been granted day parole.”

Muzzo pleaded guilty in 2016 to four counts of impaired driving causing death, and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and was given eight months credit for time he had already been imprisoned.

The parole board report says that Muzzo’s behaviour while incarcerated has been “appropriate.”

“You have had five urinalyses, none of them positive for any banned substances,” the board notes and also says that Muzzo has previously completed two six-month periods of escorted absences from prison for community service.

They had “expressed concerns” that he was over-working, but his parole officer “indicated that you were trying to keep yourself appropriately busy in the absence of correctional programming for which you did not qualify,” the board said.

As well, while part of the reason Muzzo had previously been denied parole — he had been denied in November 2018 — was because he had a “lack of understanding on the issue of impairment” the parole board said on Tuesday that a December 2019 psychiatric assessment found Muzzo does “not meet the diagnostic criteria for an alcohol or substance use disorder of any kind.”

Over the course of substance abuse counselling, the board said Muzzo had improved his understanding of alcohol abuse.

“You indicated that it had helped to strengthen your resolve to abstain from alcohol and to be the best person you could be, not being consumed by what others thought of you and how you had to prove yourself to them,” the board wrote.

For the time being, on day parole, Muzzo will be housed in an undisclosed halfway house and he will work as a general labourer with his family’s company, the decision says.

It noted that he has a “strong community network” and a supportive family, friends, co-workers and fiancée.

But, in denying full parole, the board expressed concerns that his “self-management plan” was  “untested in the community setting.”

Muzzo’s lawyer declined further comment.

Source: National Post


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