The family of a young woman murdered by her boyfriend in 1991 is speaking out about her killer’s new freedoms.
16-year-old Stephanie Spooner was stabbed to death by Bradley Paetsch in Okotoks after he found out she was in a relationship with someone else.
Paetsch was convicted of first-degree murder, and earlier this week, News Talk 770 told you he was granted unescorted temporary absences from prison.
Spooner’s brother Rene tells Global News the Parole Board’s decision brings up those old feelings again.
“It never gets easier,” he said. “We’re just trying to move on with our kids the best we can and that’s it and trying to put it in the past but it keeps getting brought up. It’s a never-ending ever pain.”
“It’s heart-breaking,” Rene’s wife Robin said. “It just keeps making our family have to relive it over and over and over again. People say things get better with time but it doesn’t in these situations.”
Paetsch, who has changed his name to Tristan Ryan, will be allowed the passes for 48-hours per month, but those can be revoked at any time.
(with files from Joe McFarland/News Talk 770)