Family of dead grocery clerk stymied in bid for killer's possible parole
The family of a Winnipeg grocery store clerk murdered 10 years ago is frustrated because they can't get parole information about their son's killer.
Jeff Giles, 22, was killed by a shotgun blast outside a small grocery store in a north-end neighbourhood on Dec. 29, 1997. He was trying to foil an armed robbery.
Giles' father, Greg, says the family is trying to keep tabs on Jason Starr so they can testify when he becomes eligible for parole. Starr was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
Last month, Starr pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2005 death of an inmate in a Saskatchewan prison. Greg Giles says his family was told nothing of Starr's latest conviction, only learning about it Thursday from a Winnipeg newspaper.
"We want to know what it's going to mean to him in terms of his incarceration," Giles said. "And, as I say, I really can't get any information from Corrections Canada.It's a cloak of secrecy …there doesn't seem to be any source of information to give you any kind of answers."
Giles said he's been told Starr willbe eligible for parole in 2010. He promised his family will do everything possible to prevent Starr's release.
Starr and three fellow street gang members committed the robbery homicide. In 1998, two were convicted of manslaughter, while the third received immunity in exchange for testifying against the others.