I was just reading this (older article) and can't believe that a convicted murderer serving a life sentence had a 3 day unescorted pass from jail. In this story it says "they consider him dangerous". What is he doing out?? What is wrong with our system???
A 30-year-old man convicted of murder walked out of a cottage-country prison and didn’t return.
Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Ashley Ronald Brent Crawford, who left Beaver Creek Correctional Institute on a three-day pass last Wednesday. He checked in at a halfway house in Peterborough and was last seen there Friday morning, according to Det. Mark Clendinning of the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement squad. Crawford was supposed to return to the minimum security prison in Gravenhurst Friday night, but never showed up.
“We consider him dangerous, so if you see him, don’t be a hero,” Clendinning said, “just call police.”
Police say he has friends in Trenton, Brighton and Pembroke whom he may try to contact, but he could be anywhere, Clendinning said.
Brent Crawford, as he’s known, was charged and later convicted of first-degree murder after he set fire to Nancy Fillmore’s house in Killaloe, Ontario. She was inside, drunk and asleep.
The Crown alleged that Cherrylle Dell seduced Crawford, then 16, into setting Fillmore's house on fire. Fillmore was Dell’s former lesbian lover. That theory was accepted by a jury that convicted Crawford of first-degree murder in 2001.
Dell is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of her former husband, Scott Dell. Police initially thought Scott Dell killed himself by mixing antifreeze with wine—despite the fact that the bright green liquid looked nothing like wine. There was also what appeared to be a suicide note. Two years later, however, Fillmore told police she provided Cherylle Dell with the antifreeze and further analysis of the suicide was ambiguous, police told court.
Crawford was eligible for parole after serving 10 years. Police describe him as white, 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds.
With files from Toronto Star staff
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