For the second time in as many weeks a notorious convicted killer is making headlines.
A preliminary hearing will be held March 2017 regarding an attempt by Paul Bernardo to receive day parole.
Word of Bernardo’s day parole hearing comes a week after Michael Rafferty tried and failed to appeal his conviction in the abduction and murder of Tori Stafford.
Bernardo was convicted in 1995 for the kidnappings and murders of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French.
If he were to be granted day parole, Bernardo would be allowed to leave prison at designated times to participate in community activities under the condition he return at night.
In Canada, dangerous offenders are allowed to apply for day parole three years before their full parole eligibility date.
While he is allowed to apply, it’s virtually impossible for Bernardo to be granted day parole. Not only was he sentenced to 25 years with no chance of parole in 1995, Bernardo was also designated a dangerous offender.
The designation is reserved for Canada’s most violent criminals and sexual predators and continues their jail sentence indefinitely.
Ten years ago Bernardo made a jailhouse confession to sexually assaulting at least 10 additional women before he was arrested by police in 1992.
Mahaffy and French were kidnapped by Bernardo and his former wife Karla Homolka.
Homolka pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was released from prison in 2005 in a plea bargain that included her testimony against Bernardo.