Man who killed brother granted full parole

Jim Day
Published on February 17, 2014
Sheriffs escort Dylan Dingwell in to his mother's house on Ridgemount Court as his second-degree murder trial visits the crime scene.
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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.