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Man on day parole for Vernon homicide charged with aggravated assault

Tal Kalum La Riviere
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June 17, 2019 - 7:00 AM

A man sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter in Vernon has had his day parole revoked after cutting someone on the face and neck with a knife while unlawfully at large.

Tal Kalum LaRiviere, born in 1987, has a lengthy history of violence and now faces a new charge of aggravated assault.

In October 2017, LaRiviere was sentenced to five years in prison, but most of that time was spent in custody prior to resolution of his case. He was originally charged with the second degree murder of 42-year-old Jason Hardy, who was killed in Polson Park in 2015 in a dispute over drugs. Two teens, aged 14 and 17 were also charged but never prosecuted. LaRiviere pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. He was ordered to serve just less than two more years in prison.

Parole Board of Canada documents obtained by say LaRiviere was denied full parole but released on day parole in July 2018 — nine months later. In January 2019, he disappeared without permission. A warrant for his arrest was issued in February 2019. He was arrested in May 2019 in Alberta where he was charged with the aggravated assault.

“(Police) reported that you were at a party at your brothers and, while intoxicated, you engaged in a dispute with another person at the party. You grabbed a knife and cut the victim in the face and neck, resulting in non-life threatening injuries,” the parole board document says.

The parole board notes that he was not charged with being unlawfully at large, but doesn’t explain why.

"The Board is satisfied that your actions have rendered your risk undue, and that you were fully responsible for the circumstances that led to your suspension. As a result, the Board is revoking your day parole,” the board found in a decision released June 10.

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