Former soldier convicted in fatal shooting given full parole

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY — The mother of a Canadian solider killed in Afghanistan was unaware Monday that the man responsible for his death had received full parole six months ago.

Matthew Wilcox makes his way to the general court martial at Victoria Park armoury in Sydney in this early 2009 file photo.

Karen Megeney’s son, Kevin Megeney, 25, was fatally shot by his best friend, Matthew Wilcox of Glace Bay in 2007.

“I was not aware of it, did not know,” Megeney told the Cape Breton Post on Monday evening. “We really don’t think about it, so we don’t give him a second thought. So it matters not to me where he’s at.”

CBC News reported Monday that Wilcox was granted full parole in January, less than a year after starting day parole in June 2012.

Wilcox, who was 26 when he was sentenced to four years in jail in 2011, had only begun serving his sentence a few months prior, and was given credit for the three-and-a-half months of jail time he had already served in military and federal prisons.

“It’s not like we’re glad that he would be out or anything, we just don’t care,” said Megeney. “Wherever he’s at, he’s at, because wherever Kevin is, he is. So he doesn’t exist.”

Megeney said she didn’t receive a copy of the parole decision, adding that the family was asked to attend a hearing on Wilcox’s parole, but declined.

According to CBC, the parole board determined Wilcox is a low risk to reoffend.

Asked whether she believes that to be true, Megeney said she never knew much about Wilcox and couldn’t make that type of judgment.

“We never knew him really before and we don’t know him now, so I don’t know,” she said.

A phone call to the Wilcox family home was not returned Monday.

Organizations: CBC News, Cape Breton Post

Geographic location: Glace Bay

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  • Dorothy Parker
    June 04, 2013 - 06:29

    So sorry for that familys loss and I am pleased to hear that they are not consumed with hatred for the young man who killed their son. I believe that it was a stupid careless act that he will have to live with for the rest of his life , but it would serve no purpose to have him locked up for a long time .