A Charlottetown man serving a life sentence for murder has been denied day parole.

Gary Gormley, 44, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 1995 death of retired school teacher Clifford McIver in Charlottetown. McIver was strangled with a telephone cord.

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This file photo shows Gary Gormley in 2008. (CBC)

Gormley is serving his sentence in a medium-security Alberta prison.

He was being considered for day parole, but was denied after he was accused of threatening a staff member there and challenging him to a fight.

The National Parole Board says Gormley's return to the community must be gradual and start with a transfer to a minimum security institution, and that's not a risk that's manageable right now.

A recent psychological assessment presented to the board, put Gormley's risk to reoffend with violence as moderate.

Gormley has already served his 12-year minimum before being eligible for parole.

Escape artist

Gormley has escaped from custody twice in the years since his arrest in 1995.

After his 1996 conviction, prior to sentencing, Gormley escaped from the prison van by removing his handcuffs and shackles, kicking out a window and running off.

In 2007, Gormley walked away from a minimum-security prison in New Brunswick. He hitchhiked to P.E.I., and spent 11 days living in a cottage he broke into before turning himself in to police in Stratford.

Gormley has close to 50 institutional charges while in prison.

A report from the National Parole Board says a psychological assessment dated May 2013 assessed his risk to reoffend with violence as moderate.

In its report, it says Gormley understands why day parole was denied, and asked for advice on how to improve.

His next scheduled hearing is in two years.