Parole board sets conditions on release of man involved in assault

Ryan Ross
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Marc Romans MacKinnon, right, is led into provincial court in Charlottetown in this file photo. He is photographed through a window heading into court.

A man who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for an assault that left a Charlottetown man with brain damage has had conditions attached to his upcoming release.

Marc Romans MacKinnon, who was sentenced in June 2012, has been on day parole for several months but is set for statutory release on Sept. 12.

Among the conditions the Parole Board of Canada included were that MacKinnon must refrain from consuming, buying or possessing alcohol or drugs, other than those prescribed to him or taken over the counter.

It also ordered him not to associate with people he knows or has reason to believe are involved in criminal activity.

By law, most inmates are automatically released after they serve two thirds of their sentence and there is no review from the parole board to determine if they are eligible.

The board reviewed MacKinnon’s case after the Correctional Service of Canada recommended special conditions on his upcoming statutory release.

That review wasn’t to determine if he should be released.

MacKinnon’s victim, Jacob Harper, suffered brain damage from the beating that left him with a cracked skull.

The assault stemmed from MacKinnon’s belief Harper broke into his apartment and stole a laptop and television, although the police never found evidence Harper was connected to the theft.

In imposing the conditions, the parole board said MacKinnon had a history of assault with accomplices and his drug trafficking activities required him to associate with other people involved with drugs.

The board said it believed those negative associations could lead to MacKinnon re-offending.

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Organizations: Parole Board of Canada, Correctional Service of Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • RB
    June 13, 2014 - 12:59

    He did his time. Why do you feel the need to shame someone here when you don't know the whole situation I except more from the people from my home town he did his time given to him by the court yet you people seem to no better I know Marc personally he is remorseful and if he had gotten out in parole he has shown that stop acting like you perfect everyone makes mistake some minor some beyond terrible just remember that what happened to him could happen to you lose you cool once and you could be in his shoes have a little humanity

  • Punishment Doesn't Fit the Crime
    June 12, 2014 - 13:19

    This seems to be an inverted version of the abortion debate - when is a life actually a life? In this case how badly do you need to damage someone's life before it should be considered murder or at least manslaughter. The victim will never have a "normal" life but he didn't stop breathing as a result of the beating so the punishment is a slap on the wrist. How much of a person's life do you need to destroy before it is considered by the courts to be serious. I think any time there is permanent damage to a victim the police should not have the option to charge for simple assault and the courts should be required to sentence accordingly.

  • Wade
    June 12, 2014 - 11:00

    Jake will never get married, have a job or raise a family and this guy is out after 2 years? I fail to see how this is justice.

  • Prime Minster Harper Needed
    June 12, 2014 - 09:04

    By law, most inmates are automatically released after they serve two thirds of their sentence and there is no review from the parole board to determine if they are eligible. This rule need's to be done away with .

  • don
    June 12, 2014 - 08:43

    MacKinnon must refrain from consuming, buying or possessing alcohol or drugs, now that is a joke no booze, drugs. is this board on drugs? i hope Jacob Harper sues this creep for every cent he will ever make.

  • enough already
    June 11, 2014 - 13:20

    He permanently damaged a man and is now out to wreak havoc again. Boy oh boy.

    • Davin
      June 12, 2014 - 08:23

      Vigilantism is also a crime, and or good reason, as this incident demonstrates.