Panel to consider murderer’s request for full parole

Andrew Robinson
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Ignatius Miller killed uncle in 1996 outside Jerseyside home

A man convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his uncle is a step closer to being granted full parole.
Ignatius Joseph Miller was 20 when he killed his uncle, Kenneth Walsh, with an axe in the driveway of his family’s home in the Placentia Bay community of Jerseyside on Aug. 30, 1996. Miller later received a life sentence.

Last July, Miller was granted day parole for six months. It was continued with leave privileges in January of this year.

In a decision rendered earlier this month, the Parole Board of Canada requested a panel hearing to consider Miller’s eligibility for full parole. In the meantime, his day parole will continue for at least another three months.

In its decision, the parole board noted there have been no reported concerns with Miller’s behaviour since his latest release. It noted he has reconnected with family and friends and completed weekend passes to visit them without incident.

Miller has a history with drugs and alcohol, but is taking steps to conquer those addictions. He has participated in Alcoholics Anonymous. Miller also took part in a methadone program and has since weaned himself off the drug completely.

His release was suspended at one point for his own protection after someone made threats against Miller.

“You were understandably frustrated by this development, but were co-operative and used the skills you learned throughout programming to deal with the situation,” the parole board wrote in its decision. Within a month, he was released to a different community and has since been working part time.

According to the parole board’s decision, Miller’s case-management team and police are both supportive of his request for full parole, provided special conditions remain in place.

Miller’s most recent psychological assessment from 2012 found his risk to violently relapse was in the low range.

The parole board’s decision to grant Miller day parole in July 2013 was not a first-time event. He received that privilege at an earlier date after successfully completing temporary absences and work releases, but it was withdrawn when the parole board became aware of his alleged involvement in contraband tobacco.

Miller is not permitted to consume alcohol or drugs other than those required for medical purposes. He also cannot associate with anyone believed to be involved in criminal activity.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Parole Board of Canada, Alcoholics Anonymous

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  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2014 - 13:18

    In response to your article, I know Mr. Miller personally and I do believe he should get full parole. I do know the circumstances surrounding the case in question and the fact Mr. Miller was a young man when the incident took place.. I can tell you this that he is one individual that I would trust with my life and the lives of my two teenage kids. He is right now dealing with a lot considering the media publicizing his case make him out to be someone he really isn't. He made a terrible mistake years ago however he has done his time and I believe that he is no risk to anyone. The justice system is suppose to protect society and I do believe they do that however the media can and have ruined lives by choosing words without consulting the individual in question only those higher up. Soldiers fight and kill in wars to protect countries and are tagged heroes. I do know that Mr. Miller was in fact protecting his family at the time and for that he is now being labeled a "murderer" Please before you print anything please consult the person in question before going to press with it..

  • Judy
    July 22, 2014 - 13:15

    I personally have known this man for a while now..Since he got out of prison and doing his parole I have been in his company quite a lot..I don't think society would have any worries about him..The wrong he done was to protect his family and I think that in itself proves he was not out for violence just to protect... I myself have dealt with a lot worse working (or should I say) looking after mentally ill people which I think are very in my opinion give him his freedom...I think he already have done his time

  • Marty
    July 21, 2014 - 09:00

    Convicted of murder and possibility of full less than 13 years later??!!