Chris Bishop arrives to court in Iqaluit on Jan. 14, 2015. Bishop, now 31, has been released on day parole. (Tamara Pimentel/CBC) Chris Bishop, who was convicted two years ago of killing three people and injuring two others in Nunavut, is out on day parole.
Bishop, now 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder after a home invasion in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in 2007. Keith Atatahak, Kevin Komaksiut, and Dean Costa were all killed when Bishop opened fire on the men after they broke into his house. Two of the men were armed — one with a samurai sword, the other with a broken golf club — and Bishop claimed he was acting in self defence.
Logan Pigalak and Antoinette Bernhardt were waiting outside the home and were injured in the incident, both suffering gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.
According to the Parole Board of Canada, Bishop was released on day parole on Sept. 13, 2016 for a period of six months. In February of this year, that was extended for another six months.
Bishop was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years in prison minus time served. The sentencing judge allowed two-for-one credit for the eight years Bishop had already served, which left four years left on his sentence.
A jury originally found Bishop guilty of three counts of second-degree murder, along with the attempted murder charges, but the Nunavut Court of Appeal threw out the decision. No contact with victims, families
Documents from the parole board state that Bishop is under several conditions while on day parole, including that he not consume alcohol or drugs and that he participate in counselling with a mental health professional "to address the origins of [his] violence, anxiety, emotional issues and reintegration."
He is also under conditions not to contact […]
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