Michael White, convicted of killing pregnant wife, granted day parole for six months

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An Edmonton man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and dumping her body more than 15 years ago has been granted day parole for six months.

Michael White appeared before the Parole Board of Canada by videoconference this morning.

The board has imposed a number of conditions, including that White not be alone with his current girlfriend.

White has maintained his innocence in the death of Liana White, including in today's appearance before the board.

Last year, the board granted him four unescorted temporary absences from the Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont., to be carried out over nine months.

The absences were meant to help him get familiar with a halfway house in Barrie, Ont., and spend time with relatives, particularly the couple's now-adult daughter.

At the time, the panel said Michael White had made progress in addressing family violence while in prison.

However, the absences did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board heard Monday.

Liana White was four months pregnant with the couple's second child when she was stabbed to death in July 2005.

A few days later, her body was discovered in a ditch by a search party that included her husband.

Michael White was convicted in 2006 of second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a dead body.

He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years. Alberta's highest court later rejected his appeal of the convictions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2021.

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