A woman convicted in a brutal murder more than a decade ago is taking a first step towards partial freedom.
The body of 29-year-old Jennifer Renn was found in the trunk of a car in southeast Calgary in February 2004.
Four years later, Elizabeth Laverne Roberts was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
She eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.
Court heard Roberts and four men lured Renn to a motel room, where Roberts strangled Renn over fears she would go to police after overhearing phone conversations between she and drug dealers.
Her body was tossed into the trunk of a car and was found a couple of months later.
According to documents obtained by News Talk 770, Roberts recently made three applications for escorted temporary absenses, to take part in different groups to begin the reintegration process.
Throughout the latest ruling, the Parole Board notes a positive attitude change in Roberts, taking responsibility for her actions, has shown motivation for positive change and has moved to minimum security.
In her presentation to the parole board, Roberts admitted that substance abuse was the main contributor.
She had a lifestyle of prostitution and drug dealing, which led her to the gang life, where she was known as an “enforcer” and “debt collector”, unafraid of violence, which was shown in Renn’s murder.
She’s also completed several programs to help get her life back on track.
On April 7th, the board agreed to one of the three requests, allowing her to go to a specified group meeting twice a month, albeit with a correctional staff member.
Roberts is eligible for unescorted passes and day parole in late-2019, and full parole in 2022.