Kim Walker, the Yorkton, Sask., father who fatally shot a man and claimed it was to save his daughter from drugs has been denied parole.
Walker was seeking parole at a hearing in Regina after being jailed for killing James Hayward.
The parole board ruled Thursday that Walker does not have sufficient insight into his actions. The board also found his risk to reoffend was not manageable in the community.
The decision was a relief to Hayward's brother, Dan, who said Walker has never shown remorse.
"The fact that he's going for early parole and everything like that, it's like a giant slap in the face that he's not even willing to spend the little amount time that he was convicted for behind bars," Dan Hayward told reporters after the hearing.
At the hearing Hayward's mother, Lori Getty, appealed to the parole board to keep Walker locked up for what he did to her son.
"My plea is for you to please make Kim Walker pay for as long as possible," Getty told the board.
Walker, 56, was found guilty of manslaughter last May for the 2003 death of James Hayward. The 24-year-old was living with Walker's then 16-year-old daughter, Jadah, in Yorkton.
Court heard how Walker went to Hayward's home with a loaded handgun and opened fire, hitting Hayward five times.
It was Walker's second trial — he was found guilty of second-degree murder and jailed before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ordered a new trial after it learned that the judge and lawyers at his first trial had meetings without Walker.
During the two-week trial last May, Walker testified that he feared for his daughter's life as well as for his own and was worried about Jadah because she was doing drugs after moving in with Hayward.
Walker said he went to police and school counsellors but nobody helped. He petitioned to have his daughter held for 72 hours in a psychiatric ward. She went back to Hayward's house shortly after she was released. That was the day of the shooting.
Walker was sentenced last July to eight years, but got credit for 6 1/2 years already spent in jail. That left him with 18 months to serve.
A parole board officer at the hearing said Walker failed to take responsibility for the crime. She said Walker blamed Hayward for the drug use, he blamed the RCMP for not stepping in to help and he blamed a doctor for releasing Jadah from the psychiatric ward.
"She made a choice to use drugs. She made the choice to keep the company she kept," said the officer. "You're blaming everybody."
The board officer said it's difficult for her to believe that doctors would have discharged Jadah if they believed her life was at risk. And she said Walker didn't reach out enough for help when his emotions were escalating.
Dan Hayward acknowledged his brother was addicted to drugs and said his brother chose to do drugs with Jadah. But Hayward said Walker has launched a campaign to smear his brother's name.
"There was never anything to prove that he was selling drugs, but they kept using that as a way to demonize my brother, to justify what he did," said Hayward.
Getty said it bothers her to see Walker "acting like the hero he thinks he is."
With Jadah sitting beside him, Walker told the parole board he is sorry for shooting Hayward.
"I'm humbly sorry for the anguish that I have caused the Haywards," he said.
Walker remains eligible for release under a policy that dictates offenders be returned to the community after serving two-thirds of a sentence.
For Walker, that date is July 13. He said Thursday that he plans to return to Yorkton.