Nova Scotians warned high risk offender being released in Halifax Regional Municipality

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Michael Gerard Cooper was released from a federal penitentiary Jan. 21. He is expected to reside in the HRM, but police have released a province-wide alert to Nova Scotians that they are concerned he will reoffend. - Submitted

Following the High Risk Offender Information Protocol (a PDF link), HRM Partners in Policing are providing information to all citizens of Nova Scotia, particularly those living in Halifax Regional Municipality, about an individual residing in our community who is deemed a high risk to re-offend.

Fifty-five-year-old Michael Gerard Cooper was released from a federal penitentiary earlier this morning after serving a full seven-year sentence for two convictions of impaired driving causing death.

Cooper indicated that he will reside in Halifax Regional Municipality upon being released. As part of his release, Cooper is under numerous conditions: abstain from the consumption, purchase and possession of alcohol; abstain from entering any place where alcohol is sold or consumed; and remain in his residence every day between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Additionally, Cooper is under a lifetime driving prohibition, so he cannot legally operate any motor vehicle on any highway in Canada. There is a concern that Cooper may re-offend.

In addition to the sentence he just completed, Cooper has past convictions for a number of other crimes. His criminal record dates back to 1975. He is described as a white man, six-foot-three-inches, 250 pounds with grey hair, brown eyes, a full beard and he wears glasses.

This information is provided to alert members of the public of his presence in our community. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated.


Organizations: HRM Partners

Geographic location: Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • Brooke
    January 21, 2014 - 11:01

    Ok wait, if there is such certainty that he'll re-offend, then how come he was released at all? Call me simple, but i don't get the reasoning. And from what I hear, releasing a high-risk offender is something akin to a recurrence of cancer after treatment; when it comes back it does so with a vengeance. Beyond unfair to a community of people who try to lead honest lives and who deserve to do so with peace of mind.

    • Kasey
      January 21, 2014 - 12:51

      Um, probably because he fulfilled his sentence. Sure, lets just keep this guy locked up past his sentenced time because we think he might do it again! I don't think the justice system quite works like that. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure putting/keeping people in jail for crimes they MIGHT commit isn't okay, even if they're a high risk reoffender. Really he should have been sentenced to more time, I think. Killing two people with impaired driving only gets seven years? Whaaat?