Kevin McMurrer’s day parole extended

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Published on March 8, 2016
Parole Board

Kevin Kenneth McMurrer has had his day parole privileges extended for a further six months.

McMurrer is serving a life sentence for second degree murder. On Oct. 26, 1989, he walked into his estranged wife, Carrie Crossman’s, workplace and shot her dead.

Initially charged with first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty in 1990 to the lesser charge of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

McMurrer was granted day parole to live in a half-way house in August 2015. The review board granted an extension on Feb. 24. It will not release the name of the community McMurrer is residing in.

The board noted that McMurrer has shown a remarkable improvement in his behaviour in recent years.

During his previous six months of day parole, McMurrer secured employment with two businesses, maintained his sobriety and is attending both counselling and religious services. The report lists positive interactions with coworkers and no interactions with police.

If he continues his current efforts he could be a candidate for full parole in the future, the board noted.

“The board agrees … you are only beginning your reintegration into society and that it must continue to be gradual as you yourself have indicated you require further programing,” it stated.

To that effect, the board granted McMurrer leave privileges from the half-way house, though he is subject to a long list of restrictions while on leave and while living in the house.

His situation will be reassessed in another six months, at which time the board could decide to send him back to prison, give him another day parole extension or grant him full parole, where he could live in the community outside the half-way house.

But even if he is granted full parole, McMurrer, as a lifer, will never be completely out of the justice system.

Until recently, McMurrer has had a rocky history while out on parole.

His first parole was in 2001, but it was revoked after he was found guilty of assaulting a woman, with whom he had a relationship, and possessing stolen property.

In May 2007, he was granted day parole, which was revoked in December of that year after he contacted a female by going to her workplace.

In March 2008, he was again granted day parole, which was revoked after what the board called an "accumulation of mental health, attitude and substance abuse related problems."

An application for parole was made in 2009 but was denied.