Steven Michael Neville was back in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Wednesday for what was supposed to be the start of his murder trial. However, the first evidence is now expected to be heard today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
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.