Saskatchewan

Latimer going home for Christmas

For the first time since he was incarcerated, Robert Latimer will be spending Christmas with family.

For the first time since he was incarcerated, Robert Latimer will be spending Christmas with family.

The Saskatchewan farmer has been on day parole since last March. At that time, he had served seven years of a life sentence for the killing of his disabled daughter, Tracy.

In a decision released by the National Parole Board Friday, a request was approved which will allow Latimer to spend 10 days with his family for a Christmas visit.

Latimer's day parole has been going well and he does not pose a risk to reoffend, the board said.

Some details about Latimer have not been disclosed, including where he is serving his day parole and where he will spend Christmas.

When he was initially paroled, Latimer went to Ottawa.

In September, however, he moved to another location where he was planning to take courses in the electrical trade. It's believed he's training in B.C.

Earlier this year, the parole board gave Latimer permission to attend his mother's funeral in Wilkie, east of Saskatoon, with his wife Laura.

Latimer's case drew national attention and sparked an ongoing debate about the rights of the disabled.

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