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Man convicted in brutal Kamloops baseball attack released from prison to halfway house

Kristopher Teichreib was sentenced in 2018 after pleading guilty to an assault that left Jessie Simpson with life-altering injuries.
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Kristopher Teichrieb is in a halfway house after serving three years behind bars for an assault that seriously injured a Kamloops teenager and changed his life forever.

The Parole Board of Canada denied Teichrieb's request for full and day parole, but he is on statutory release following a decision on Oct. 26.

Although the parole board granted the release, the decision showed the board had doubts about Teichrieb's acceptance of his actions in 2016 when he beat Jessie Simpson with a bat in an apparent act of vigilantism.

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"You accept some responsibility for your offending, but you are more concerned with the consequences to yourself rather than to the victim," the parole board decision reads.

In the early morning hours of June 19, 2016, Teichrieb left 18-year-old Jessie Simpson bloodied and in a coma after beating him with an aluminum baseball bat.

Simpson was at a house party earlier, roughly 1.5 kilometres from Teichrieb's home, but eventually walked toward Teichrieb's property.

Teichbrieb went outside to confront Simpson and has claimed that he attempted to apprehend him.

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That year, Teichrieb had witnessed multiple criminal or violent incidents in his Brocklehurst neighbourhood.

Police records show dozens of 9-1-1 calls from the area in the weeks and months prior, including one where Teichrieb said, "some vigilante shit could go down."

He was warned by police "several times" not to take matters into his own hands, Justice Dev Dley said at a hearing in October 2019.

According to the parole board decision, Teichrieb's behaviour in prison improved over time, but he also took part in fights, refused orders and abided by the "con code" by mopping up blood with other prisoners after an assault took place.

He attributed the reasons for his anger and violence to stress and an undiagnosed mental health condition and the parole board believes he has a moderate risk to reoffend, according to the decision.

Once sent to a halfway house in the Lower Mainland, then another in the Central Interior after three months, he will follow conditions set by the parole board.

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Those include a restriction from using drugs other than prescribed or over-the-counter drugs. He will follow a treatment plan with a counsellor, avoid any person believed to be involved with criminal activity and provide financial information to a parole officer.

Lastly, the parole board ordered that he stay away from any contact with Simpson or his family.

"The victim's family have every right to be left alone to heal. The primary victim needs care for the rest of his life and should be able to live that life in peace without any unwanted or unnecessary contact from you," the decision reads.

Teichrieb was sentenced to seven years in prison but with credit for time served it worked out to three years and eight months of prison time.

three years and eight months in a federal penitentiary, according to the parole decision, and he was scheduled to be released June 2022.

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A separate civil court decision awarded Simpson $6.9 million as a result of his life-altering injuries, but it's possible Simpson will never actually see any money from that decision.

In another civil case, Teichrieb is accused of hiding his assets by selling his Brocklehurst home to his parents for $1 in 2017.

Find past stories on this case here.

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