ALBERTA

Medicine Hat Teen Killer Has Weekend Curfew Lifted

09/11/2014 02:44 EDT | Updated 11/11/2014 05:59 EST
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - A woman who was just 12 when she helped murder her family in southeast Alberta is getting more freedom.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Scott Brooker agreed Thursday to lift the woman's curfew on weekends.

"Thank you for this opportunity, my Lord," the now-20-year-old woman said via closed-circuit television during the review of her sentence.

The woman, who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was convicted along with her then boyfriend, Jeremy Steinke, of killing her mother, father and younger brother in the family's Medicine Hat home in 2006.

Brooker said the woman needs to assume more responsibility and that a partial curfew could provide that to some extent.

He called her the "poster child" of rehabilitation, adding she is a low risk to re-offend.

Crown prosecutor Ramona Robins told the court there were no direct safety concerns if the woman's curfew was lifted.

The woman's curfew will remain in effect from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

"Certainly we're happy with the judge's decision to lift the curfew, especially for the weekends, and that she'll still have supports in place to deal with whatever situations arise on the weekend if something strange happens or comes up," said Katherin Beyak, the woman's lawyer.

The woman is to be fully released without supervision when she is 22.

The twice-annual reports on how she has been doing have been presented to the court since 2008.

Court heard during the trials that the girl was angry with her parents because they were displeased with her relationship with Steinke, who was 23 at the time. Her parents felt he was too old for their daughter.

All of the victims were stabbed to death.

Steinke received a life sentence without the chance of parole for 25 years.

The court will revisit her case again on Feb. 12, 2015.

(CJCY, The Canadian Press)

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