Calgary man accused of murdering mother just got out of prison for shooting at home with woman, 4 kids inside

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Levi Mitchell was sentenced to six years in prison for discharging a firearm with intent. This photo was taken outside the prison during his time there. (Facebook - image credit)
Levi Mitchell was sentenced to six years in prison for discharging a firearm with intent. This photo was taken outside the prison during his time there. (Facebook - image credit)

The Calgary man accused of murdering his mother has a long criminal history of violence and once used a sawed off shotgun to fire into a house with a woman and four children inside, according to parole documents.

Levi Romeo Mitchell, 29, was charged with second-degree murder after Deborah Ann Mitchell's body was found in her Pineridge home on Saturday.

This February, Mitchell's statutory release was revoked after the Parole Board of Canada ruled he presented too high a risk to the community.

"Your institutional behaviour has been problematic and has included assaults, having a concealed weapon, refusing to provide urinalysis, involvement in the drug sub-culture and aggravated assault," wrote board member F. Burch.

It's unclear when he was ultimately released.

Deborah Mitchell/Facebook
Deborah Mitchell/Facebook

On bail at time of killing

Levi was on bail for 12 offences at the time he's accused of killing his mother. The charges included carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property worth over $5,000, breaking-in and using a disguise with intent.

At his court appearance on the murder charge Thursday, defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari told the judge he'd made an "urgent" request for the autopsy report.

Deborah Ann Mitchell/Facebook
Deborah Ann Mitchell/Facebook

In 2019, Levi was sentenced to six years in prison for firing several shots into a home. He got more than three years credit for the time he'd already served.

While on bail and then when serving his sentence, Levi re-offended several times, adding years to his time in custody.

One of those offences took place in 2020. At that time, Levi was convicted of assault causing bodily for an attack that took place in the prison.

While in prison, Levi lost two jobs in prison "for behavioural reasons," according to the documents.

Deborah's friends expressed concern

In April 2019, before he was due to be released from prison, the first time, Deborah signalled in a Facebook post that some of her friends had expressed concern over her son coming to live with her after his time in custody.

"To all those haters that think I and Levi should not live together, you know who you are and this is what you can do with that, feel free to go … yourself and stay away," she wrote. "Other than that, totally stoked May 07th."

Now, 2½ years later, Deborah is dead and Levi is accused of murdering her.

It was a scenario one police officer surmised was possible during the investigation that led to Levi's stiffest sentence.

Before Levi's trial, he was given a disclosure package that included evidence police had gathered to support the laying of charges.

That package included a video of police interviewing a witness to the crime.

Levi Mitchell/Facebook
Levi Mitchell/Facebook

Levi posted the video to his Facebook page and called it "RAT."

After telling the investigator some details, the witness expresses concern that Levi would find out.

"Would you rather go down with Levi?" asked the officer.

"No, but I'd rather not … him get out of jail and me get shot," said the witness.

'Maybe next time somebody will be dead'

The video then shows the officer telling the witness he should cut ties with Levi.

"Otherwise, you're going to end up in more situations like this, and maybe next time somebody will be dead, right?," said the investigator.

Since 2015, Levi has served five jail sentences for various offences, including assault causing bodily harm, assault, drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property worth over $5,000 and making fake IDs.

He is due in court on those offences in January.

On Thursday, Levi made a brief court appearance on his murder charge. He'll be back in court later this month.

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