A North Preston man convicted in a 2008 shooting that left his victim in a wheelchair has had his day parole reinstated, but must report all intimate relationships and friendships with women to his parole supervisor.
Mykel C. Smith’s day parole was suspended last January after police believed he was “involved in criminal activities related to prostitution and conjugal violence.”
“The board is unable to conclude that there is convincing and reliable information that indicates that your behaviour shows an increase in your risk,” says a Parole Board of Canada decision dated Jan. 8.
Correctional Services of Canada recommended against the reinstatement.
Smith, now 27, told the board he intends to find a job as soon as possible to support himself and his child and go back to school in the future.
“The CSC representative expressed skepticism regarding your plans to return to school as it took you some time to put that in place when previously released,” says the document.
The board also considered victim impact statements, dated March and December 2018, “which persist to this day and ask that (Smith) not be allowed on parole” and serve his full sentence.
In August 2010, Smith was sentenced to 14 years for shooting Michael Patriquen at the door of his Middle Sackville home in December 2008. Patriquen was left paralyzed from the waist down and with limited use of his right arm. Smith, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was tried in youth court but sentenced as an adult.
Since Smith has had his parole suspended, he has “improved on some ratings, received a security declassification, integrated the responsibility unit and continued to work on his studies.”
“Upon completion of its analysis, the board cancels the suspension of your day parole,” says the document. “There is no information that would justify not granting leave privileges.
“This will allow (Smith) to maintain contacts with his positive resources,” the decision says, noting a community assessment is to be done before privileges are granted at any site.
Smith’s previous day parole conditions — no meeting or communicating with anyone related to criminal activities, only owning one mobile communication device and providing billing statements, no contact with the victim, victim’s family and not being allowed in Halifax Regional Municipality — are still in effect.