Neville not eligible for parole for 12 years: Judge

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Steven Michael Neville. — Telegram file photo

Steven Michael Neville will be eligible for parole after serving 12 years of his life sentence for second-degree murder, a Newfoundland Supreme Court justice said today in St. John’s.

“This was a tragedy of multiple dimensions. So many have lost so much," Justice Carl Thompson said in handing down the decision. "The losses cannot be replaced."

Neville, 22, of Paradise, was found guilty following a lengthy trial, of second-degree murder in the death of Doug Flynn, 19, and the attempted murder of Ryan Dwyer.

Both men were stabbed repeatedly during a confrontation that happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2010 on Carlisle Drive in Paradise. Dwyer was badly injured, but survived. Flynn died from a knife wound to the temple.

Since murder carries a mandatory life sentence, the only issue had been to determine when Neville can be eligible for parole.

The Crown suggested between 13-15 years before parole eligibility, while defence said the minimum of 10 years was sufficient.

The defence has indicated it will appeal the ruling.



Geographic location: Paradise

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  • Hanonymous Boche
    March 21, 2013 - 14:41

    Mr Neville is a very naughty boy, having tried to kill two people (and succeeding in one of them). This was once considered a Bad Thing by a cruel and medieval society, but now it is considered a Sad Thing by we who understand that perhaps Neville came from a broken home, or had intellectual difficulties, or been frightened by something. Progress is a wonderful thing !

  • Whaddaya At
    March 21, 2013 - 09:21

    @ Robert: His time served will start effective Oct. 9, 2010, ie., 12 years less two and a half years.

  • Mac
    March 20, 2013 - 18:23

    Many are of the opinion that mandatory life means just that ... life. Where is this parole business coming from? We spent massive amounts of taxpayers money to ensure this “convicted murdered” is given a free trial for one count of attempted murder and one count of murder and we end up telling him he may, and he probably will, be “free” in 12 years. Please don’t give me that garbage about parole officers and court restrictions. Has anyone been watching the recent line-up parading into the courts lately? Most of them were recently before the courts and just released into society to make life miserable for the rest of us. Please, keep him and others like him, locked up and send me the bill. I will be only too happy to pay it.

  • Whaddaya At
    March 20, 2013 - 18:17

    Often wondered, who pays the jaw dropping lawyers' fees when the defendants' lawyer is not a Legal Aid lawyer, and the trial lasts for several weeks or longer ?. The average slob can hardly afford to pay a lawyers' retainer, let alone pay for the cost of a trial.

  • Mac
    March 20, 2013 - 15:37

    I don't get it. Life is life. Out on parole is out free. Out free to wreak havoc on the on a population that needs protection from individuals like this "convicted murderer". Out free to end up before the bench again ... or has anyone been paying attention to the news again. Keep the lot of them locked up and send me the bill. I'll gladly pay it.

  • Eli
    March 20, 2013 - 15:31

    I doubt other punks out there read The Telegram. Pity really. Hopefully they listen to radio and get the message. Now, if only defense lawyers would listen to reason we'd get more of these no-goods off the streets for more than house arrest.

    • Bridgey
      March 21, 2013 - 18:52

      I am a punk who happens to be literate and educated and reads the telegram. I also am highly educated on both sides of the murder, as I indirectly knew all the fellas involved and had relationships with those that were directly involved, it is very much so a tragedy. The 'punks' on the street understand that things can and should never go that far, and even the biggest criminals I've encountered look at this particular situation and say "yeah, dude. That's f*ucked up." Second degree murder is far from typical on the streets of Newfoundland. Even with drugs like cocaine that fueled this fateful confrontation, the bys realize this isn't Compton. One murder case in a society where it's extremely rare WITHOUT A DOUBT teaches the other 'punks' a lesson, as loss affects everybody, even criminals. Not all teenagers are ignorant and homocidle.

  • Justice Served
    March 20, 2013 - 14:19

    Justice has been served! But I hope this savage spends the whole 25 years in prison!

    • Robert
      March 20, 2013 - 16:06

      Just a question! Has he served any time already and if so what happens to that time?