A convicted killer’s attempt at getting day parole has been stymied again.
Robert William Bell has been serving life in prison for second-degree murder in the death of his common-law wife, Tanya Gordon.
Her body was found in her Ogden home in August 2005.
Court heard she was strangled and smothered, while their children were in the house.
At one point, the victim told one of the kids to call 911 but Bell convinced him not to.
After Gordon’s death, Bell took off with all three kids, dropping two off in Calgary before leaving the province with his son.
A Canada-wide warrant was issued, and Bell and his son were eventually stopped near Moose Jaw.
After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, Bell’s parole eligibility was set at 12 years.
He made his first day parole request this past December, which the Parole Board denied.
The board heard from officials saying he has made positive progress, but during the hearing, he was visibly nervous, “answering questions with single-word replies.”
Ultimately, the board ruled “there is still work to be done in coping strategies and understanding the impact and cause of his behaviour.”
He appealed that decision, but in a ruling handed out this week, that appeal was also turned down.
In documents obtained by News Talk 770, Bell appealed on two grounds: erroneous and/or incomplete information and reasonableness of the decision.
The Parole Board affirmed its decision to deny day parole for Bell, stating the board’s decision was “reasonable and consistent with the decision-making criteria set out in law and in board policy.”
Bell is eligible for full parole in September 2017.