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Sheriffs escort Dylan Dingwell in to his mother's house on Ridgemount Court as his second-degree murder trial visits the crime scene.
A Charlottetown man who shot and killed his brother outside their mother’s home will be moving to a halfway house after he was granted day parole.
Dylan Alexander Dingwell was sentenced in April 2012 to 5 ½ years in prison, minus 17 months for time served, after he was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting his brother Kyle Dingwell.
In an Aug. 21 ruling, the Parole Board of Canada denied Dingwell’s full parole request but granted him day parole with special conditions imposed that were meant to reduce the likelihood he would re-offend.
Dingwell will be on parole for six months, during which time he will live in a halfway house once a bed is available, although the report didn’t specify where that will be.
During that time, Dingwell can’t consume, buy or possess drugs other than those prescribed to him or taken over the counter. That condition was imposed because of Dingwell’s previous drug abuse and history of committing crimes because of his drug use.
He is also barred from associating with anyone he knows or has reason to believe is involved in criminal activity.
Dingwell must also follow psychological counseling arranged by his parole supervisor.
The board’s report said several factors that contributed to Dingwell’s criminal behaviour, including substance abuse, were deemed as being in high need for improvement when he was originally incarcerated. He has since followed his correctional plan by taking part in counseling and self-help groups like Narcotics Anonymous.
Dingwell’s reintegration potential and motivation level were assessed as medium, the report said.
The report said the police opposed Dingwell’s release and viewed him as an untreated, violent, “criminally ingrained” person who would present a high risk to public safety.
The board also said it received several letters of support, although it didn’t specify who sent them.
During his hearing, Dingwell told the board that after seeing a psychologist he felt good, saw a positive future and accepted killing his brother, although he still required closure. Dingwell told the board he was childish, but realized he needed to change.
The biggest changes, he told the board, were that he no longer used drugs or engaged with criminal associates and criminal values.
Once he is on full parole after his day parole ends, Dingwell plans to go to school and live with a close family member.
In denying his full parole, the board said Dingwell needs further evidence of positive change in a less restrictive environment.
The board said his full parole plan would return him to an environment in which he offended and there are other aggravating factors in his risk to re-offend that lead to the conclusion he would be an undue risk to society.
Some information was left out of the report if it could jeopardize anyone’s safety, reveal a source of information obtained in confidence or adversely affect Dingwell’s reintegration into society.