Brian James Marriott, of notorious Halifax crime family, denied parole again

A member of a notorious Halifax crime family is being kept in prison even though he’s been eligible for day parole since 2008.

B.J. Marriott willing to use violence to accomplish goals, lacks remorse, says psychologist

A member of a notorious Halifax crime family is being kept in prison even though he's been eligible for day parole since 2008.

Brian James Marriott, 32 — also known as B.J. Marriott or B.J. Bremner ​— has been in prison since March 2002. Much of his sentence has been spent in a maximum security prison in Alberta.

Marriott was originally sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. However, in 2002, he was convicted of manslaughter and received an additional 5 1/2 years.

Since then, he's continued to commit crimes in prison, adding more time to his sentence.

His crimes in prison include assaulting a prison officer and trafficking in drugs. His total sentence now stands at 16 years, four months and 22 days.

'Criminal involvement since age 13'

Last Wednesday, the Parole Board of Canada again denied his release.

In its decision, the board noted: "You have demonstrated a willingness to use violence to achieve your own goals and have used your influence to enlist others to carry out your bidding."

Marriott was assessed by a psychologist in September 2015.

The board referred to that assessment in its decision.

"In his assessment he cited your unabated criminal involvement since age 13, your willingness to use violence or intimidation to accomplish your goals, your lack of remorse and your criminally entrenched lifestyle."

Marriott's case is subject to annual reviews. He been denied release for the last three years in a row.

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Blair Rhodes


Blair Rhodes has been a journalist for more than 34 years, the last 25 with CBC. His primary focus is on stories of crime and public safety.


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