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N.S. soldier guilty of shooting death granted parole

06/03/2013 04:54 EDT | Updated 08/03/2013 05:12 EDT
A former reservist who was found guilty of killing his soldier friend in Afghanistan was granted full parole in January, CBC News has learned.

Matthew Wilcox was sentenced to four years in prison for criminal negligence causing death after he shot 25-year-old Cpl. Kevin Megeney of Stellarton, N.S. in 2007.

Wilcox started on day parole in June 2012, just months after he was sentenced at the Halifax court martial.

The judge, Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil, ruled that Wilcox was playing quick draw – a game that went terribly wrong.

The parole board held two hearings regarding Matthew Wilcox.

It said there is an extremely low chance he will reoffend.

Wilcox has strong support from his family and friends and is attending university. The board said Wilcox displayed a high level of remorse and victim empathy.

The parole board was impressed Wilcox showed openness in seeking assistance when he needed help. The report said police had no concerns with his release.

No special conditions were set out by the board, but in his sentencing, Wilcox was banned from possessing prohibited weapons for the rest of his life. He is also banned from possessing other firearms until 2023.

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