The man who fatally struck a West Shore RCMP officer in 2016 has been granted day parole for six months.
In July of 2017, Kenneth Jacob Fenton was sentenced to four years in prison after he killed Cst. Sarah Beckett in an impaired driving crash in Langford in 2016.
Fenton pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
This past January, he was granted limited day parole to attend a treatment centre for alcohol abuse in the Fraser Valley for 70 days.
Upon further review, the parole board Friday granted Fenton day parole for six months.
Reasons for that decision include he successfully completed the treatment program and has been cooperative with his case-management team.
Fenton’s risk to re-offend is considered low and the board’s explanation also said, “The CSC (Correctional Service Canada) indicate that your motivation and reintegration potential are rated as high. You are engaged in your correctional plan and your accountability has been rated a medium.”
The board also says Fenton’s sobriety, employability, and a strong structure and supervision plan as reliable information to deem day parole would not present a risk to the public.
There is a long list of conditions Fenton must follow;
- Not to consume, purchase or possess alcohol;
- Not to consume, purchase or possess drugs other than prescribed medication taken as prescribed and over the counter drugs taken as recommended by the manufacturer;
- Follow treatment plan/program to be arranged by your parole supervisor in the area of alcohol;
and substance abuse, and attitude;
- Not to own or operate a motor vehicle [as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act of BC];
- Immediately report all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with females to your parole supervisor;
- Not to enter the following areas located on Vancouver Island: West Shore communities including Colwood, Metchosin, Langford and Sooke;
- No direct or indirect contact with the surviving victim or any member of the deceased victim’s family, friends or co-workers including by any social media.
Cst. Beckett’s husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, told CHEK he is disappointed with the decision.
He had hoped the parole board would “make the right decision”, and deny day parole.
Fenton is also serving an additional 18 months in prison for a second drunk driving crash, just over a month after the crash that killed Beckett.