According to a recent report by the London Free Press, Terri-Lynne McClintic the woman who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2009 kidnapping, rape and killing of eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford, is living at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan.
“She’s in an aboriginal healing lodge in Saskatchewan living it up in minimum medium security. Open concept living . . . ,” the murdered girl’s father, Rodney Stafford, said in a series of Facebook messages with The London Free Press. “How do people such as TM (Terri-Lynne McClintic) get more rights and privileges and lessened security? From maximum security to a healing lodge?”
What is a healing lodge?
According to the Correctional Service of Canada, “The focal point is the spiritual lodge where teachings, ceremonies and workshops with elders take place. A personal life plan is created for each Aboriginal offender outlining what she needs emotionally, physically and spiritually to help with her rehabilitation.”
Does McClintic deserve low security?
McClintic pleaded guilty in 2010 to first-degree murder, although the full evidence of her violent character surfaced only later during the murder trial of co-killer Michael Rafferty in 2011.
During an autopsy, it was determined that Tori had suffered a beating which caused lacerations to her liver and broken ribs and her eventual death was the result of repeated blows to the head with a claw hammer.
At that trial, the jury heard evidence about McClintic’s violent fantasies and desire to kill, and torture others.
In 2012, she pleaded guilty to assaulting Aimee McIntyre, another inmate at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.
In a letter intercepted by correctional officers, McClintic described stomping, punching and kicking an inmate she had asked to meet for a peer-to-peer mentoring session, disturbingly
noting that if she’d had more space, she would have done more damage.
Father fights back
“We will be renting buses which will leave from Tillsonburg and Woodstock, Ontario, and going to the Parliament to peacefully protest the reduced security levels being given to the worst of the worst, including one of Tori Stafford’s killers, Terri-Lynne McClintic,” the Facebook page states.
A video made for the protest has already received 62,000 views.
Editor’s Note: Stephen Harper’s Conservative government had proposed the Life Means Life Act, which would have amended the Criminal Code to ensure the worst killers receive a mandatory life sentence without parole, rather than parole eligibility after 25 years.
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