Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. teen's killer given three-day passes

An emotional appeal from the parents of a murdered western Newfoundland girl failed to keep the Parole Board of Canada from granting more freedom to their daughter's killer.

Samantha Walsh’s murderer, Michael Lewis, has been granted 72-hour absences from prison.

An emotional appeal from the parents of a murdered western Newfoundland girl failed to keep the Parole Board of Canada from granting more freedom to their daughter's killer.

Michael Lewis was convicted of the second-degree murder of 13-year-old Samantha Walsh after she went missing from Fleur de Lys almost 11 years ago.

Tuesday, parole board members in New Brunswick granted Lewis three 72-hour unescorted releases, despite George and Millie Walsh's assertions that he should not be given more freedom.

"It was rough. It was very, very rough. I know it was rough on the wife too. [Lewis] is admitting now that it wasn't an accident. It was a sexual thing that turned bad and he murdered Sam," said George Walsh Tuesday evening.

Walsh, who travelled with his wife, Millie, to New Brunswick for the hearing, said he believes Lewis offered that admission at the hearing only because he wanted the unescorted releases.

"He'll be able to go on 72 hour absences to go to halfway house, either in Dartmouth or Halifax. There's three of those now and he'll probably get one of early in December, one in January and one in February," said Walsh.

Lewis was convicted in 2000. He was denied parole in 2007.

Walsh said he doesn't believe Lewis has been rehabilitated enough to be granted releases.

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