One among Loretta Saunders’ killers, who taunted her boyfriend into committing the Halifax homicide by difficult his masculinity, has been denied day parole as a result of she wasn’t taking accountability or displaying regret for her position within the slaying of the younger Inuit pupil from Labrador seven years in the past.
Victoria Lea Henneberry, 35, is serving a life sentence for the second-degree homicide of Saunders in February 2014. Henneberry and her boyfriend, Blake Leggette, have been subletting a room in Saunders’ Cowie Hill Street condominium when the couple killed the Saint Mary’s College pupil, who was pregnant, after she got here to gather their lease.
“At at the moment’s listening to the board spoke with you about your inconsistent acceptance of accountability and your reported lack of regret,” says the brand new determination denying Henneberry day parole.
“You acknowledged that you simply now settle for full accountability and acknowledge that you simply performed a major position within the sufferer’s homicide. You agreed that you simply taunted your co-accused, and your problem to his masculinity was very a lot a contributing issue to his actions. Whilst you indicated that you simply remorse these phrases you additionally claimed to not have lured the sufferer as was included within the agreed assertion of details submitted to the court docket.”
Henneberry voiced her regret for the killing “quite a few instances” through the Feb. 16 parole board listening to, says the written determination denying her day parole.
“Nevertheless, this was introduced with out obvious emotion,” says the choice issued Saturday. “Thus, it’s troublesome to evaluate if it honest or self-serving given the contradictory info on file. Within the board’s view, you’ll need to show each accountability and regret by your actions over a chronic interval.”
Saunders was 26 when she was murdered in Feb.13, 2014 over $430 in lease.
“The sufferer sat on the sofa ready for the lease cash, however you and your boyfriend didn’t have it,” says the parole determination.
“Your boyfriend approached the sufferer from behind and choked her. The sufferer struggled and your boyfriend positioned baggage on the sufferer’s head, however she tore by means of each. He then hit her head on the ground twice and the sufferer stopped transferring. He wrapped her head with saran wrap and positioned her physique in a hockey bag.”
Henneberry and Leggette then “left the condominium to return a pc to acquire cash,” says the choice.
Once they returned, he “carried the bag containing the sufferer’s physique out of the condominium and positioned it within the trunk of her car. You each packed belongings into the sufferer’s car and left. You stopped to buy meals and provides utilizing the sufferer’s financial institution card. While you reached (Salisbury) New Brunswick, you stopped on the facet of the freeway and left the sufferer’s physique in a treed space within the median.”
Killers mentioned the homicide 5 days prior
The couple stored driving to Ontario the place they stayed with a buddy.
“Police decided you and your boyfriend have been in Ontario as you have been in possession of, and had used, the sufferer’s mobile phone. On February 18, 2014, police spoke with you on the cellphone and also you offered false names and dates of start and acknowledged you have been in Prince Edward Island. Subsequently, police arrested you each in Ontario.”
The parole determination signifies “there may be video proof of you and your boyfriend discussing murdering the sufferer 5 days previous to the homicide. On this video, you talked about having acquired three cats since renting the condominium, which the sufferer didn’t admire. You mentioned killing the sufferer as she and your boyfriend didn’t like one another over the problem of the cats.”
Henneberry claimed she was “intoxicated and utilizing Clonazepam when this video was recorded,” says the choice.
“You claimed you have been stunned when your boyfriend attacked the sufferer, nonetheless police info signifies you knew the assault was deliberate and took motion to maintain the sufferer within the condominium.”
Saunders “was concerned in a college undertaking on lacking and murdered Indigenous ladies on the time of her homicide,
says the parole determination.
Sufferer influence statements “attest to vital sufferer issues,” it says.
“Your position within the loss of life of the sufferer has precipitated profound emotional hurt and has had a long-lasting influence on her household.”
Henneberry’s “legal historical past features a prior conviction for uttering threats.”
It notes her “historical past of neighborhood supervision is proscribed.”
Henneberry identifies “as Indigenous by means of the maternal facet” of her household. “You suggested your grandmother was an American Cherokee. You haven’t any data of the place they resided or if any of your loved ones members had any expertise with the residential college system, the Sixties Scoop or a historical past of self-harm or suicide. You suggested your mom didn’t end highschool, was a heroin addict and concerned in crime.”
Henneberry was “positioned in foster care as a younger baby and suggested your foster household was monetary steady and also you didn’t expertise poverty,” says the choice. “You report feeling linked to Indigenous tradition, however determine as Wiccan and consider this spirituality intently resembles that of Indigenous practices.”
The parole board mentioned Henneberry’s “comparatively latest connection together with your self-identified Indigenous heritage,” says the choice.
“Whereas there may be file info that challenges the accuracy of your heritage, it seems to the board that you’ve got made a connection and derived profit out of your involvement in cultural and non secular occasions and ceremonies. You indicated that it’s your intention to proceed exploring the tradition.”
The Correctional Service of Canada assesses Henneberry’s “accountability, motivation degree and reintegration potential as medium,” says the parole determination.
“At consumption, the areas of marital/household and private/emotional required a excessive want for enchancment, the areas of training/employment, substance abuse and neighborhood functioning required a low want for enchancment and the world of associates and perspective didn’t require any quick want for enchancment. In keeping with the present Correctional Plan Replace, the world of marital/household has been mitigated to replicate a average want for enchancment and the world of perspective has elevated in have to replicate a low want for enchancment. All different areas stay unchanged.”
Simply earlier than Henneberry was transferred into federal custody after she was convicted, jail guards “positioned (her) in segregation as a consequence of threats of self-harm,” says the choice.
“You have been initially positioned to a ladies’s federal correctional facility in Nova Scotia. Whereas at this establishment, you have been charged for being in one other offender’s cell and engaged in a verbal altercation with one other offender. You transferred to a federal penitentiary within the Ontario area in September 2017 as a maximum-security offender.”
Her jailers discovered Henneberry “in possession of unauthorized gadgets in July 2018,” says the choice. “You cascaded to minimal safety in January 2020 and have maintained employment as a cleaner. In July 2020, you punched a wall in your residing unit in anger following an interpersonal situation with one other offender on the unit.”
‘Points with transparency’
Henneberry’s parole officer advised the board she has “points with transparency,” says the choice. “One instance of this was offering a letter on to the board with out data of your (parole officer) and indicating in your sharing you didn’t want to present feedback. Your (parole officer) additionally indicated it seems you tried to bypass the involvement of your case administration crew in your software for parole, making an attempt to use with out your (parole officer’s) data or the help of your (case administration crew).”
Henneberry additionally “tried to bypass (her parole officer) within the technique of transferring” cash from her institutional account to “her neighborhood helps, as required by institutional guidelines,” says the choice.
“Throughout your listening to, the board mentioned with you among the challenges recognized in your file that require behavioural and attitudinal change,” says the choice.
“To your credit score, you acknowledge that accountability, drawback fixing, impulsivity and feelings administration stay areas the place you could make additional progress. Though you’re feeling you have got made extra progress than your file suggests, you agreed that you simply tend to be argumentative and at instances impression handle by misrepresenting info.”
‘Not simply your phrases’
These are “necessary areas” Henneberry wants to handle, says the choice.
“Additional you’ll need to show consistency and transparency by means of your behaviour, not simply your phrases.”
Henneberry “utilized for a package deal of escorted non permanent absences for private growth for rehabilitation functions to attend the Therapeutic of Seven Generations,” a Waterloo, Ont. group that goals to assist Indigenous individuals struggling the inter-generational impacts of the residential college system.
“In February 2020, the board permitted just one (escorted non permanent absence), having discovered your presentation on the listening to to be problematic and regarding, notably your disclosure you continued to stay in touch together with your co-accused. The sufferer’s household contacted Therapeutic of Seven Generations who determined that as a result of severity of your crime towards the sufferer, an Inuk girl, you’d be banned from accessing their providers in the course of your sentence. Because of this, the (escorted non permanent absence) was not licensed by the institutional head.”
In November 2020, the board permitted two escorted non permanent absences so Henneberry may attend applications at a neighborhood residential facility, says the choice. “You haven’t but accomplished these (escorted non permanent absences) given the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Henneberry’s psychological threat evaluation dated August 7, 2019, exhibits she is “within the low average vary of threat for basic recidivism and within the low vary of threat for violent recidivism,” says the choice.
“The psychologist additionally indicated that the construction related to non permanent absence could be useful from a stress administration perspective.”
Finishing the escorted non permanent absences “would have been preferable,” says the choice. “Nevertheless, by means of no fault of your individual this was not doable. Nonetheless, a structured and gradual launch stay the optimum technique of figuring out your threat administration locally.”
In April of 2015 a decide sentenced Henneberry to life in jail with no probability of parole for a decade after she pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide.
Henneberry doesn’t “have any confirmed plans for employment” when she is finally launched, says the parole determination.
“You indicated your aim is to develop into a mechanic, however you haven’t introduced any plan to pursue this line of labor.”
‘Stage of expressed accountability has wavered’
The Correctional Service of Canada beneficial Henneberry be denied day parole. “CSC opines you proceed to show points with transparency, perception, accountability, impression administration and also you usually current with an entitled perspective. CSC can be involved you have got but to show your threat will be managed in a neighborhood setting as you have got been unable to take part your (escorted non permanent absences.”
Henneberry has “a really critical offence historical past,” says the parole determination. “Your degree of expressed accountability has wavered over time however at the moment you acknowledged that you simply settle for accountability and that actively contributed to the sufferer’s homicide. You acknowledged on plenty of events that you simply remorse your actions and really feel regret for the sufferer, nonetheless, the diploma that this expression is real stays in query primarily based on file info.
The parole board advised Henneberry she “introduced fairly nicely at the moment and gave the impression to be heading in the right direction of addressing challenges,” says the choice.
“You agreed to actively interact your (case administration crew) sooner or later,” it says.