Allan Shyback was convicted of manslaughter and causing indignity to a body during the death of Lisa Mitchell in 2012. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, but the Alberta Court of Appeal subsequently increased the sentence to 10 years.
Shyback had his former day parole revoked in 2019 after failing to notify authorities of any sexual or non-sexual relations with a woman. He had sex with a massage parlor worker and it was discovered that he had various sex toys in his bedroom at a halfway house.
His parole officer told the Parole Board of Canada on Friday that Shyback had been transferred between medium security and minimum security and had piled up pills after failing to take his bipolar medications for a month.
“Mr. Shyback has not demonstrated sufficiently sustained positive behavior to be manageable in any kind of release in the community, ”said Laura Power, who was sitting next to Shyback during the hearing at Bowden Institution in the center. from Alberta.
“Therefore, our recommendation today is to deny day and full parole. “
Shyback admitted he made a mistake and said he stopped taking the pills because they no longer worked.
“My biggest problem is self-sabotage,” Shyback said.
“I think the best action for me in the future would be to pretty much forget about full parole. I think my best move in the future would be to be placed in a halfway house until my statutory release date, which is eleven months away. ”
Shyback said at his trial that he suffered years of domestic violence from his wife and killed her in self-defense when she attacked him with a knife.
He told the court he panicked, put his body in a plastic trash can, and cemented it in a wall in the basement of their house. He told Mitchell’s family that she was gone and sent them false messages on his behalf as he continued to live in the house with their two children.
The panel chairperson told Shyback he had a history of deception.
“There has been deception in your offense, there is deception in day parole and there has been deception with hoarding drugs and not being open and honest is therefore a recurring theme, ”she said.
Shyback said regret what he did.
“My role is that I am ultimately responsible for the loss of his life, which I deeply regret. And my actions from there are inexcusable, ”he said. “They are unforgivable and I can’t say anything to change that.
“All I can do is keep trying to improve myself. “
Shyback was asked what would happen in the future if he met someone he was interested in while on day parole.
“I have to inform my parole officers. I have the desire to form a relationship and I don’t think it’s an unusual desire, ”he replied.
Although full parole was denied, the board reserved its decision on day parole saying it did not have enough information to make a decision.
He requested a psychological risk assessment which could take up to two months.