New Brunswick

Patrice Mailloux granted day parole after murder of Moncton teen

A man who killed a teenage girl in a convenience store robbery in Moncton in 1987 has been granted day parole.

Laura Davis, 16, was shot in the head while working in family's convenience store in 1987

Patrice Mailloux leaves a New Brunswick court at the time of his trial for the 1987 killing of Laura Davis in Moncton (CBC)

A man who killed a teenage girl in a convenience store robbery in Moncton in 1987 has been granted day parole.

Patrice Mailloux shot 16-year-old Laura Davis in the head when she was working at her family's convenience store on St. George Street.

Mailloux was recently granted day parole and must live in a halfway house in Laval, Que., and follow a number of conditions.

Ron Davis of Riverview says he's satisfied with the decision to grant day parole to his daughter's killer.

"I don't see him improving," said Davis. "I mean at 63 he still doesn't have a trade. If he does get out what's he going to go back to?"

"We were happy with the outcome," said Davis. "The judges have been very thorough. The Parole Board of Canada has been excellent to deal with so we've just got to wait for the next time."

Hard on victim's family

Davis said attending many parole hearings in Quebec and preparing victim impact statements over the years has taken a toll on his family. The most difficult part was hearing what his children wrote, he said.

"You know what you're going to say when you get there, but you're preparing for it for weeks," he said. "Probably the hardest part for a father and a mother is listening to your children give their statement."

Ron Davis of Riverview says attending parole board hearings for his daughter's killer over the years has been difficult.
"We don't get together to do them. They all do them on their own so we hear it for the first time at the parole hearing and that can be a real shocker at times so it's hard."

Davis said the stress has caused several health problems for him and his wife.

"The wife goes through a lot of stress as any mother would, you know, so it's difficult." Davis said.  "You never get over it — you learn to try and live with it."

But Davis says despite the difficulty, he and his family will continue to attend parole hearings.

"We'll be there at every one as long as we're able."