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No halfway house reprieve for man who murdered B.C. police officer 31 years ago

VANCOUVER — The parole board says a man who murdered a British Columbia police officer in 1974 no longer needs the structure of a halfway house and must find his own accommodation.

Elery Long's death sentence for shooting Delta police Staff Sgt. Ron McKay was commuted in 1975 to life without the chance of parole for 25 years.

He was granted day parole in 2000 and full parole two years later but has since been in and out of prison due to "deteriorating behaviours."

Long was granted full parole in March, when the board also denied his request to remain in a Vancouver Island halfway house because he had not found subsidized housing.

He appealed the decision, but the board turned him down earlier this month.

The board says Long no longer needs the support of a halfway house in order to protect society and that he has enough money to find his own place.

The Canadian Press

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