Parole board sets conditions on release of man involved in assault

Ryan Ross
Published on June 11, 2014

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

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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.