Nova Scotia

William Chandler Shrubsall denied parole for violent attacks

The Parole Board of Canada has decided a man convicted for a series of violent crimes in Halifax should remain in prison.

Parole board says dangerous offender must stay in prison

William Shrubsall was declared a dangerous offender in December 2001. (CBC)

The Parole Board of Canada has decided a man convicted for a series of violent crimes in Halifax should remain in prison.

William Chandler Shrubsall, 43, was declared a dangerous offender after his 2000 conviction for viciously beating Halifax women, and for stalking women. The board also noted he’s changed his name again.

The board noted Shrubsall had a new psychological assessment in June 2013. “The psychologist rated you as ‘an extremely high risk for general, violent and sexually violent recidivism,’” the board wrote.

Even before his Nova Scotia convictions, Shrubsall had been in trouble in his native New York State. In 1988, when he was 17, he was convicted of first degree manslaughter for beating his mother to death with a baseball bat.

Police said she was beaten so badly it was difficult to recognize her.

In 1995, following his release from a U.S. prison, Shrubsall was accused of sexually abusing a woman and a 17-year-old girl in two separate incidents.

In 1997, while on trial for those charges, Shrubsall fled to Canada. He was convicted in absentia and sentenced to seven years in prison.

In February 1998, he attacked a woman working as a clerk at a store in downtown Halifax. He broke her arm with a baseball bat as she tried to defend herself. He then hit her in the head and robbed her.

The woman was in a coma for more than a week and required surgery to reconstruct her skull.

In May of 1998, Shrubsall attacked a woman as she walked home. She suffered emotional trauma which the parole board noted continues to cause her difficulty.

Ethan Simon Templar MacLeod

While he was stalking women in Halifax, Shrubsall used the name Ian Thor Greene.

Since being declared a dangerous offender, he has legally changed his name to Ethan Simon Templar MacLeod. The parole board noted the various aliases in assessing his risk to re-offend.

Because he’s serving an indefinite sentence, Shrubsall’s case is subject to regular review. The latest one was completed on Oct. 23.

If Shrubsall ever convinces the parole board that his risk can be safely managed in the community, he will not be released from prison. Instead, he will be deported to New York State to serve the seven-year sentence imposed there.