Nova Scotia

Archie Billard back in prison

A driver who killed a Halifax teacher's aid as a teenager is back in prison after the National Parole Board revoked his statutory release.

Driver who killed Halifax teacher's aide as teenager has release revoked for 2nd time

A driver who killed a Halifax teacher's aide as a teenager is back in prison after the National Parole Board revoked his statutory release.

Archie Billard was released under a series of conditions in February but has not complied with those conditions, the parole board said in an Oct. 20 decision.

"It is felt that supervision and Correction Service of Canada efforts to enforce the special conditions on your release are no longer adequate to manage risk," the parole board wrote.

"Consequently, CSC recommends the revocation of your statutory release."

Billard was 16 when he ran a red light in a stolen car — high on marijuana — and killed Theresa McEvoy on Oct. 14, 2004.

The 52-year-old was on her lunch break and returning to work at school when Billard smashed the stolen car into her vehicle.

The case and the circumstances surrounding it led to a provincial inquiry that recommended changes to the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Billard eventually pleaded guilty to criminal negligence in McEvoy's death. He was sentenced as an adult to four years and 10 months in prison in January 2006.

2nd time release revoked

By June 2009, Billard was entitled to a statutory release. The National Parole Board released him but with reservations, saying at the time that his "behaviour since being incarcerated has been less than stellar."

Four months after that release, Billard was pulled over for speeding in an unregistered vehicle. His statutory release was suspended, and he returned to prison.

Billard admitted he didn't have a licence and shouldn't have been driving and explained that his "decision to do so was stupid," according to the board.

In late February, the parole board lifted the suspension on his statutory release.

There were several conditions on his release at the time, including not operating a motor vehicle, abstaining from alcohol, abstaining from drugs other than prescribed medication and avoiding people known to be involved in criminal activity.

Now, the board said, Billard's behaviour has "deteriorated" again.

"According to police information, you had relapsed into your old lifestyle: using intoxicants, hanging around substance abusers, showing disregard for other people and for authority," the board wrote.

Lacks 'sincere motivation to change'

According to the parole board, during a search of Billard's home in early September, police found a number of tools and other items matching descriptions provided by a victim of a break-in.

As a result, he was charged with possession of stolen property and is due to appear in court in early November.

Police also found trace amounts of drugs, numerous empty alcohol bottles and items indicating Dillard may have been preparing to start a marijuana grow operation, the parole board said.

"The Board is quite concerned with the fact that you have been charged with a new offence and with information from your CMT [case management officer] and the police in regard to your negative associations, your possible involvement in drug and alcohol use and your idle lifestyle leading you to unproductive activities.

"It would appear that you lack sincere motivation to change and to co-operate with your CMT to address your risk factors and your personal issues."

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