Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. mom wants daughter's killer denied parole

The parents of a western Newfoundland girl murdered almost 11 years ago are calling on the Parole Board of Canada to deny her killer day parole.

Michael Lewis murdered Samantha Walsh of Fleur de Lys in 2000

The parents of a western Newfoundland girl murdered almost 11 years ago are calling on the Parole Board of Canada to deny her killer day parole.

Michael Lewis strangled Samantha Walsh, 13, of Fleur de Lys in February 2000. He is scheduled for a parole board hearing Tuesday in New Brunswick.

George and Millie Walsh travelled to Moncton to appeal to the board.

"I'm just trying to keep focused and keep Sam in my heart, and hoping that the spirit of Sam will guide me through this and let me go home to some sense of normalcy again," Millie Walsh said Monday.  

Lewis was sentenced to life with eligibility for parole after seven years, but he was denied parole in 2007.

Millie Walsh said she believes Lewis has not been rehabilitated.

"He has regressed, if anything, in the penitentiary, and the crime itself, he never did admit to it, and refused to take any counselling, any programming," she said.

Lewis pleaded guilty in 2000 to the second-degree murder of Samantha Walsh, who was found dead in a cabin outside her home community.

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