Former N.S. fugitive found in Latin America granted day parole for 2011 shooting death

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A man who was a fugitive in Latin America for five years after fatally shooting another man in Nova Scotia is out of prison on day parole.

Steven Douglas Skinner was handed an 11-year prison sentence for manslaughter in September 2019 in the April 2011 death of Stacey Adams in Lake Echo, N.S.

Skinner was initially charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge after a deal was struck between Crown prosecutors and his defence lawyer just before his trial.

At the time of his sentencing Skinner, was given five years credit for the time he spent in custody awaiting trial, leaving six years to serve on his prison sentence.

An international warrant was issued for Skinner’s arrest shortly after Adams’ death, and he was accused of being a drug cartel “kingpin” by South American authorities, an allegation he denied at a Parole Board of Canada hearing last fall.

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Under Skinner’s six-month day parole granted Oct. 29, he must live at a halfway house and return nightly, while abstaining from drugs and alcohol. He can’t associate with known criminals or have contact with the family of his victim.

(The Canadian Press)

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