Convicted killer Latimer gets holiday leave and a scolding from parole board

Robert Latimer is getting an extended leave from his halfway house in British Columbia, but not without a chiding from the National Parole Board.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Robert Latimer is getting an extended leave from his halfway house in British Columbia, but not without a chiding from the National Parole Board.

Corrections had recommended that Latimer be allowed to leave from Dec. 24 to Jan. 7, but the actual dates the board agreed to have been removed from the final report.

It’s not the first time Latimer, who is serving a life sentence for the second-degree murder of his disabled daughter, has been granted extended leave.

The board says there weren’t any concerns until October, when he returned to his apartment after an extended leave instead of the halfway house.

A warrant was issued and Latimer was taken into custody — although the warrant was later cancelled when he explained that he had made a mistake.

The boards says it’s troubling that Latimer wasn’t more diligent in understanding the terms of his leave, especially since he already gets privileges “well beyond the norm for other offenders.”

Latimer gets five consecutive days extended leave per month.

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