Darryl Storey, former OPP officer, denied parole

The Parole Board of Canada has denied a former OPP officer's application despite positive endorsements from corrections staff.He was sentenced to two years in prison in January 2013 for dangerous driving causing death.
A year ago this week, a judge sentenced OPP Sergeant Darryl Storey to two years in prison for dangerous driving causing death. (CBC)

A former Thunder Bay OPP officer has been denied parole.

A year ago this week, a judge sentenced Sergeant Darryl Storey to two years in prison for dangerous driving causing death.

Storey was test-driving a police car at high speed when he killed 18-year-old Jasmine Veneruzzo on Dec. 3, 2008.

Sergeant Darryl Storey was speeding in a police car in December 2008 when he killed 18-year-old Jasmine Veneruzzo.

According to a Parole Board of Canada document obtained by CBC News, Storey is segregated for his own protection in a minimum security institution.

The document also said Storey's case management team recommended "that day and full parole be granted with a no contact condition whereby you will not be permitted to contact or communicate with any member of the victim's family."

It went on to say Storey's institutional parole officer confirmed her "positive recommendations" at the parole board hearing. She said Storey was "employed, working in the kitchen, and engaged in spiritual activities, which you later told the Board you found helpful and healing."

But the board refused to grant parole, citing a number of reasons, including Storey's behaviour in custody.

The board said he had used his "community contacts to conduct computer searches" to get information about fellow inmates.

"Despite the recent problematic behaviour in the institution, your [case management team] believes that your behaviour is manageable in the community and support both a day and full parole release."

The board didn't accept that recommendation.

Mental health assessment required

The document indicates that concerns about Storey's mental health issues also contributed to the parole board's decision.  

During his court case, the trial judge had acknowledged he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.      

The parole board noted that, despite Storey's request to see a psychologist in prison, he was denied access to a mental health program.

The board said it needs a psychological or psychiatric risk assessment before it can consider releasing Storey on parole.

The document said, “the Board is willing to review [Storey’s] case again upon receipt of a psychological or psychiatric risk assessment that provides information on [his] mental health issues and [his] psychological condition and their link, if any, to ... [his] offence, and a psychologist's assessment of your risk to reoffend if released on parole. The Board requests that it would be helpful if any such professional assessment addressed the risk issues that are presented, if any, by [Storey’s] recent institutional behaviour and whether or not these issues are related to [his] risk to reoffend in the community."

The document also said the Board received "several victim impact statements which describe the extreme trauma and sorrow caused by the death of the victim ... The victims express concern for public safety and requested both a no contact condition and a condition that you not be released to a certain geographic area."

Storey began serving his two-year sentence on Jan. 18, 2013.

The parole hearing was held on Aug. 22, 2013.


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