Kentville Justice Centre
A Centreville man serving federal time for robbing the Circle K in Greenwich in 2012 and other crimes has had his statutory release revoked by the Parole Board of Canada.
Information obtained from the parole board states that a decision to revoke the release of 21-year-old Lawrence James Dean Bishop was made on July 31. This followed a recommendation from the Correctional Service of Canada.
“In reviewing your file, the board is of the opinion that the circumstances that led to your suspension were within your control,” states the parole board’s decision. “You chose to breach your special conditions, your risk became elevated and a return to incarceration became a necessity in your case.”
Bishop was sentenced in May 2012 to a total of three years, less 46 days on a remand credit, on four charges, including robbing the Circle K store in Greenwich on March 26 of that year; break, enter and theft; attempting to steal property from an individual valued at less than $5,000; and driving while his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.
Bishop was granted statutory release in April 2014, on the conditions that he avoided negative peers and the victims, abstained from alcohol and drugs, reported any female relationships and followed his treatment plan.
On May 13, Bishop was directed to provide a urinalysis sample, as it was suspected that he had consumed alcohol. Bishop advised that he had used marijuana and his case management team made a decision not to suspend his statutory release.
Bishop was directed to provide another urinalysis sample on May 20. Test results received on May 26 showed it was positive for marijuana and cocaine. A warrant was issued for Bishop’s arrest.
The following day, Bishop phoned his parole officer to advise he was sick at home. When police arrived, Bishop was not at home but was reportedly at his girlfriend’s place, in violation of a release condition to report relationships.
During a post-suspension interview, Bishop admitted to snorting cocaine and dating a woman who he had met two weeks prior.
Bishop will be legally entitled to another period of statutory release on Dec. 13, after serving two-thirds of the remainder of his sentence.
Statutory release is not parole and is not granted by the parole board. It is a supervised release that most offenders are entitled to by law after serving two-thirds of their sentence. In most cases, the board’s authority with respect to statutory release is limited to imposing conditions upon the offender’s release.