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Kamloops man who beat teen into a coma with bat denied parole but slated for release

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November 12, 2020 - 4:00 PM

A Kamloops man convicted in 2018 for beating an unarmed teenager into a coma with a baseball bat, still has a "minimal" understanding of the harm he caused, says a National Parole Board decision.

The Parole board decision says Kristopher Shaun Teichrieb was more concerned about consequences to himself rather than to the 18-year-old victim who now lives in a long term care facility and will do for the rest of his life.

He was denied full parole and day parole but will ultimately be allowed statutory release at 2/3 of his sentence.

Teichrieb was sentenced to seven years for aggravated assault after he brutally beat Jessie Simpson, who was 18 years old at the time he wandered onto Teichrieb's driveway while intoxicated in 2016.

The offence took place in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood of Kamloops in the summer of 2016 during a period where multiple crimes had taken place and Teichrieb had made several calls to police.

"(Simpson) was an intoxicated 18-year-old who wandered on to your property in error," reads the decision. "Having been woken, you went outside. At some point you armed yourself with a baseball bat. You confronted, hit, chased, beat, and punched the victim. You dragged him across the street, punched and kicked him in the head."

Having already spent time in custody, Teichrieb was given a further three years and eight months jail upon his sentencing in October 2018. Teichrieb is due to be released soon under what's known as statutory release, whereby offenders are released after serving two-thirds of their sentence.

According to a Parole Board decision, Oct. 26, Teichrieb has been refused full or day release parole, and has had special conditions imposed on his statutory release. The conditions include not to purchase or consume drugs, have no contact with the victim's family and not to associate with anyone believed to be involved in criminal activity, among other restrictions.

The decision does not say when Teichrieb will be released but indicates he will spend at least the first three months at a residential facility in the Lower Mainland.

According to the decision, Teichrieb has acted violently in prison and was charged within the system for counselling an inmate to hurt another inmate.

"You report that you were bullied by a gang leader to carry this out and were later assaulted by other inmates as a result," reads the decision.

The decision says Teichrieb also behaved in an "entitled manner" and was a high maintenance inmate.

"(Teichrieb's) behaviours have included refusing orders, cell visiting, peer issues, trying to counsel an indictable offence, fighting, hoarding medication and covering your lights," the decision says.

The Parole Board's decision says Teichrieb lost his in-prison employment and was put in segregation because of his behaviour.

"You are believed to be involved in the institutional subculture... (and) have reportedly made choices while incarcerated to fit in and you have demonstrated an adherence to the con code," the decision says.

The Parole Board says it considers Teichrieb's potential reintegration into society as "medium" risk and states he has not fully expressed insight and accountability for his actions.

"You do not appear to understand your temper, you deflect blame and responsibility on undiagnosed mental challenges, you behaved violently and broke rules in the institution, you did not take direction consistently, and you are either unable to or unwilling to say why you behaved in such an extremely violent manner (when he attacked Simpson) rather than follow police direction and advice," the decision says.

Find past stories on the Teichrieb case here.

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