BRITISH COLUMBIA

Michael Douglas Sheets, Firebomber Who Killed 2 Kids, Escapes From B.C. Prison

02/11/2015 09:20 EST | Updated 04/13/2015 05:59 EDT
Victoria Police

UPDATE - Feb. 12, 2015: Police arrested Michael Douglas Sheets without incident at a home in Victoria, B.C. on Wednesday night.

VICTORIA - Police on southern Vancouver Island are looking for an escaped 44-year-old inmate who was serving time for firebombing a Calgary home, killing two young children.

Assistant warden Anthony Baldo of the William Head Institution says Michael Douglas Sheets was on an escorted absence when he escaped early Tuesday afternoon.

Sheets pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter and was sentenced in 2005 to more than 14 years in prison.

Court was told Adbulaziz Ellahib had hired Sheets and another man to firebomb the home to intimidate a woman who he believed had spread rumours of infidelity about his wife.

Sheets was paid $60, which he spent on crack cocaine.

The blaze killed a five-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister, and severely injured the children's mother, who had to jump from a second-storey window to escape the flames.

Ellahib was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter.

Sheets stands 5-6, weighs 141 pounds, has a fair complexion, hazel eyes and grey hair, and his tattoos include a skull and wings, hearts and "4 ever" on his right forearm.

Baldo says the Correctional Service Canada is working with police to track down Sheets, and they are asking the public to contact authorities if they have any information.

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