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Daniel Tschetter Parole: Killer Cement Truck Driver Gets Day Parole

09/19/2012 03:25 EDT | Updated 11/19/2012 05:12 EST
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DRUMHELLER, Alta. - Daniel Tschetter, convicted of killing five people when he smashed his cement truck into the back of a car in Calgary, has been granted day parole.

Daniel Tschetter, who is 55, was behind the wheel of the truck in December 2007 when it slammed into a vehicle stopped at a red light.

Sixteen-month-old Zachary Morrison, his mother, Melaina Hovdebo, 33; Chris Gautreau, 41; and Gautreau's two daughters, Alexia, 9, and Kiarra, 6, were killed in the crash.

Tschetter was given a 5 1/2-year sentence for manslaughter.

National Parole Board spokeswoman Cory Black says he was denied full parole, but he will be allowed to live at a halfway house on day parole.

She said the board imposed a number of conditions on his release, including that he not drive, drink alcohol or contact the families of his victims.

Tschetter is eligible to apply again for full release in June of next year.

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