N.S. man convicted of murdering fiancée gets release conditions modified
A Nova Scotia man convicted of murdering his fiancée in 2012 has had his release conditions modified.
James Leroy Leopold was originally charged with the second-degree murder of Laura Lee Robertson.
However, he was found guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter and sentenced to just under seven years in prison.
Leopold was given statutory release in July 2017.
Documents from the Parole Board of Canada show Leopold was recently granted permission to have more contact with a member of his family.
Among his original release conditions, Leopold was not allowed to have “direct or indirect contact with the victims or any member of the victims’ family, unless communications are necessary.”
According to the Board, that condition was changed to allow Leopold to have contact with an individual who falls into the category of a family member of the victim — but is seeking to have contact with him, as they are also part of his close family circle.
The name of the family member wishing to have contact with Leopold is not identified in the documents.
The condition now reads that Leopold is to have “no direct or indirect contact with the victims or any member of the victims’ family, unless communications are necessary for the purposes of judicial procedures, the exercise of parental rights, mediation sessions or other such requirements, with prior written permission from your parole supervisor.”
In addition to the manslaughter conviction, Leopold has previous convictions for impaired driving, assault and uttering threats.
Documents indicate that both the assault and uttering threats convictions are for offences committed against intimate partners.
During his trial, Leopold said he and Robertson got into a fight after she allegedly bit his penis during a sex act. After Robertson was killed, her body was placed in the woods.
The Crown said Robertson’s death was deliberate and a forensic expert concluded the 47-year-old was killed by some form of asphyxiation.
-With a file from The Canadian Press
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