Man who killed brother granted full parole

Jim Day
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Dylan Dingwell (2011 file photo)

A Charlottetown man who shot and killed his brother three years ago has been granted full parole.

Full parole was granted to 26-year-old Dylan Dingwell this week with special conditions imposed.

The Parole Board of Canada told Dingwell that personal and emotional issues were identified as factors that contributed to his offence. Dingwell was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting his brother Kyle Dingwell on Jan. 17, 2011.

“Although you have been working through those concerns and making progress with the assistance of the psychologist, more work is needed,’’ the Parole Board stated in its “reasons for special conditions.”

“Hence, you will be required to follow psychological counseling to be arranged by your parole supervisor to ensure those matters are adequately addressed; otherwise, your risk could increase.’’

Dingwell was sentenced in April 2012 to five-and-a-half years in prison, minus 17 months for time served.

He moved into a halfway house after being granted day parole in August.

During the past six months, he was not allowed to 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 was also barred from associating with anyone he knows or has reason to believe is involved in criminal activity.

In granting full parole, the Parole Board noted Dingwell has followed his correctional plan by participating in psychological counseling, self help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Kairos Marathons and a chaplaincy program.

Dingwell is considered a low risk to reoffend, at least within the next three years.

Dingwell found work as a labourer with a construction company but the placement lasted only two months before he was laid off due to a lack of work.

He did some odd jobs and is presently working with Employment Counseling Services to find an employer willing to participate in a wage subsidy/apprenticeship program that would offer Dingwell the opportunity to earn a wage while learning a new trade.

The Parole Board noted that Dingwell has family members who have remained supportive and are willing to provide Dingwell with accomodations.

Organizations: Parole Board, Employment Counseling Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • april
    February 19, 2014 - 18:26

    I feel for this family. Could you imagine how much their mother must be suffering. She has already lost one son and if she can forgive who is the public not too? Yes its a light sentance, too light i agree but at least this young man is getting a second choice to make better choices and i for one will pray for his healing.

  • It's hard to get rid of old associates completely when turning your life around...
    February 18, 2014 - 23:53

    He doesn't have any current addiction issues, he is in recovery. Doesn't live on pei, leave him be. The family has suffered enough. He is loved just as much as the deceased brother, as well as the youngest. Put your feet in the shoes of this mans mother, aunt, uncle, etc. shut your mouths. It was an isolated incident and would never result in harm to the public. Trust the process and the people taking care of him in Nova Scotia, he isn't getting away with murder on pei, he's not even on pei!!

    • Who cares
      February 19, 2014 - 09:36

      Good then people in pei don't have to worry then . And all the better that he can just get on with a nice little life because of his crime and he gets more help than half the youth that are addicted here liveing on the street . He on the gravy train now . Get a good job no worries !

  • Nope
    February 18, 2014 - 18:02

    I think he should stay in jail esp if he needs so much work . I doubt he gives it a second thought and still battling addiction . It more harmful to him to be released on parole . Who going to want any thing to do with him except his own criminal kind . Must be an exceptional family to support him I my self would not want him in the house . So he'll get priority over psycological treatment and someone law abiding will have to wait months for an appointment .for there treatment . Who says crime doesn't pay ? Free meals , free TV heat lights all inclusive ten year paid . By tax payers who rather not see him in society before he finished his federal sentence . plus a free education and gym member ship , no taxes to pay . You'd think he'd be begging to stay in prison .

  • Hmmmm
    February 18, 2014 - 17:57

    Well, with his recent facebook antics and his continuous support of Johnny MacArthur and Jason Yeo, it is pretty obvious that he has already violated his parole, and will continue to do so with the crowd he keeps. Bravo

  • justsaying
    February 18, 2014 - 13:58

    If he killed his own brother whose to say killing someone else wouldn't be easier

  • Hope they're right
    February 18, 2014 - 13:05

    I do hope that they are right in their thinking. The family has had it's name in the papers too much in the last while .. Might be difficult to stay away from the drugs when people in close contact are involved with them. Good Luck.

  • Shirley
    February 18, 2014 - 12:45

    Justice system on PEI is a joke. wonder if he killed the judges son he'd get off so easy.

  • Time will tell
    February 18, 2014 - 10:52

    Cool it folks ..the balls in his court...lets hope he got some help and continues it......if it was a ruse to get out ..these guys frig up eventually ..and back in the can.....He is no THREAT.... only to himself.......This is CHTN he will stick out like a pimple on your nose......

    • SLIPPY
      February 18, 2014 - 13:19

      He may eventually "frig up" you mean like he "frigged up" last time? Good to know that is the price we pay to find out.

  • what?
    February 18, 2014 - 09:47

    i cannot understand why this is happening, he shot and killed his own family member over a drug rampage... if he needs "more work" then work on that before letting him go, when someone has been in jail for so long and get released into the big world again they will struggle and fall into the same habits. especially when we are such a small island.... if he commits again this is on our "system" not him for being released too earlier murders, thefts, sexual assaults, rapes ... they all seem to just fly free after so long on pei or just be put on probation (look at all the drug busts that just happened, most did not go to jail for long)

  • Oh The Humanity
    February 18, 2014 - 08:59

    If my math is correct he spent 16 months in prison for murder. My flue shot hurt longer than that.

  • Where Did You get Your Degree?
    February 18, 2014 - 08:54

    "Dingwell is considered a low risk to reoffend, at least within the next three years". That is quite an assessment.

    • Laura
      February 18, 2014 - 13:49

      My thoughts exactly! What a ridiculous statement to release.

  • townie22
    February 18, 2014 - 08:54

    i guess the old saying is still true, if you want to kill somebody, do it in PEI.

  • justice denied
    February 18, 2014 - 07:16

    Why do murderers not serve life sentences anymore?

  • Dan
    February 18, 2014 - 06:18

    3 years for killing his brother in cold blood. Does that go on his resume? This island is a joke.

    • don
      February 18, 2014 - 10:26

      it's not the island it is the government both federal and provincial. you get more time in jail for stealing a candy bar then murder. and if you want to kill someone and get away with it get drunk kill them with your car or get high and you are free as a bird in a few weeks.

  • Slack
    February 18, 2014 - 04:21

    I do not think he should have parole at all if more work is to be done . Any one that kills another person should do there full term of federal prison and that is that . He should have got 10 years and finished his education in the pen as well as his drug rehab . Pei is small and in most likely too easy to get back in the drug circle of friends . Basically he got off easy I don't think parole should have been granted . You do a crime you do the time .

    • Do the time for the crime
      February 18, 2014 - 09:43

      Should not have parole , I agree with him getting an education in the pen and yes he gonna go right back woth druggie friends ! Any one that murders should not get parole ! Example amber kirwins murderer that was his second murder . Once a killer always a killer esp when they get away with it .

  • Bob MacDonald
    February 17, 2014 - 21:08

    Nice family. Elsewhere in the news... Lets just hope someone innocent doesn't get hurt by these people.

    • Just saying
      February 18, 2014 - 16:32

      I think people that comment on issues should think about the family not the press release...They have had there name all over the papers and on TV let them enjoy there life as well as they can.I'm sure he thinks about what he has done everynight and that is sentence enought .

    • I am "Just Saying"
      February 19, 2014 - 19:57

      To all who have spoke up about "considering" the family. I am . I am considering MY FAMILY who has a member dealing with addictions. Odd time to release him now that baby brother has picked up the family business. Someone needs to be home to support their mother. I hope the police never take their eyes off this family.