Nova Scotia

Liverpool man James Leroy Leopold, who killed fiancée, gets day parole

A Nova Scotia man who killed his fiancée in 2011 has been granted day parole.

Laura Lee Robertson died in 2011 after an altercation with Leopold

James Leroy Leopold is led into court during his trial in 2012.

A Nova Scotia man who killed his fiancée in 2011 has been granted day parole.

James Leroy Leopold, 36, killed 47-year-old Laura Lee Robertson in their Liverpool apartment four years ago. A jury convicted him of manslaughter and he was sentenced to six years in prison.

He was given six months of day parole on June 5, according to Parole Board of Canada documents obtained on Friday by CBC News.

Leopold must report intimate relationships to his parole supervisor, can't drink or possess alcohol and must have no contact with Robertson's family. He must return to a halfway house each night.

The board documents said reports show he is at "a high risk of violence towards a partner" in the future.

James Leopold killed Laura Lee Robertson in 2011. (Contributed)

Witnesses heard the couple arguing all day on April 14, 2011. Leopold told police that during a drunken argument, he hit her in the throat, passed out and came around to find her dead. He then hid her body in a wooded area. 

"You claim you were in shock, not thinking clearly and decided to hide her body," the board said.

Leopold has multiple convictions for domestic violence, as well as for impaired driving, possessing drugs and threatening people.

"File information indicates you have a pattern of domestic violence, with a minimum of three different partners," the documents say.

One time he tied a woman up with duct tape and threatened to kill himself.

The Parole Board of Canada found Leopold made progress in understanding his actions and the "unjustifiable" level of violence he used on his victims.

The board recommended he look further into "unresolved childhood issues" to further improve his self-understanding.


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