Parole denied

Terrace, BC man sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1998 murder of a woman has failed for the fourth time to obtain parole.

THE MAN sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1998 murder of a woman in her southside residence has failed for the fourth time to obtain parole.

Christopher Alexander, 17, a neighbour of Linda LeFranc, stabbed her more than 80 times with a hunting knife after breaking into her home Dec. 9, 1998.

He was denied both full and day parole following a short hearing held by the National Parole Board of Canada June 26.

Anita Johnstone, a sister of LeFranc’s, said her family was “extremely relieved.”

She said the parole board members who conducted the hearing were concerned with the lack of structure and supervision of Alexander on earlier unescorted temporary absences.

She said the board was worried about Alexander’s lack of insight into his crime and the vague plans he presented in seeking his release.

LeFranc, then 36, was found by her seven-year-old daughter when she awoke the next morning.

Arrested following an extensive RCMP undercover operation in which an officer posing as the “Mr. Big” of a criminal gang got Alexander to admit to the murder, Alexander was sentenced following a trial here in 2002.

He is now eligible to apply for parole at set times and his last application was heard and denied in January 2012.

Alexander, who is in a Fraser Valley facility, in the past has been allowed outside of prison on escorted temporary absences and on unescorted temporary absences.