I’m thrilled to report ex-RCMP Corporal Keith Gregory Wiens was denied unsupervised day parole. This is great news as this is a man who should rot in prison until the day he dies. (Maybe even the day after.)
Lynn Kalmring’s family can breathe a sigh of relief this time, but every time Wiens applies for parole it must be extraordinarily challenging, emotionally.
In 2019, the family was shocked to learn through media reports that Wiens was granted temporary absences from prison of up to 40 hours per month.
Thankfully, this time a more appropriate decision was reached.
In a decision dated Dec. 12, 2021, the Parole Board of Canada dismissed Wiens’ request, citing concerns his risk to the community is “unmanageable,” and expert assessments that he is a “high-risk for intimate partner violence.”
“Members of your case management team (CMT) indicated you were easy to deal with when things go your way, but at times, your communications become harsh and accusatory if things do not go your way. At times, you admit and apologize for your behaviour, and other times you deny this type of communication occurred,” reads part of the decision, addressing Wiens directly.
It also notes a history of causing conflict and bullying while incarcerated, victim blaming and denial over past actions.
In addition, the parole board notes concern over a recently-changed version of events of the killing of Lynn Kalmring.
In a November meeting with his parole officer, Wiens admitted no intent, changed details in his story about how the shooting happened and refused to say whether the offence was accidental or purposeful when asked directly, leading his case management team to question whether he has any accountability or has made any progress.
“You fail to identify risk factors, lack insight into your offence cycle and lack victim empathy. You rejected the suggestion for more gradual [unescorted temporary absences], suggesting a sense of entitlement and rigid thinking,” the decision reads.
On August 16th, 2011, Lynn Kalmring was shot and killed in the home she shared with her then-fiance, ex-RCMP Corporal Keith Gregory Wiens.
Cause of Death: a single gunshot to the head.
Weins claimed he shot Lynn Calmring in self-defence, a claim nobody but Wiens believed to be true. The physical evidence didn’t corroborate his story, and his history of violence in their relationship told a vastly different story than the one he spun.
The jury took less than 6 hours to convict Keith Gregory Wiens of second degree murder. And that includes the break they took to have dinner.
Justice G.M. Barrow sentenced Weins to life in prison, but allowed him to apply for parole after serving only 13 years.
I sentence you to a period of imprisonment for life with no eligibility to apply for parole for a period of 13 years. I also order a lifetime weapons prohibition under s. 109 of the Criminal Code, and order that you provide a DNA sample under s. 487.051.
Weins appealed his conviction, naturally.
In that appeal he had the audacity to claim “he was acting in a manner consistent with his training as a police officer” and that the trial judge erred in not allowing him to call opinion evidence on that point.
RCMP recruits are not taught to shoot their spouses in the face in their bedrooms.
On January 16, 2016, in a ruling written by the Honourable Mr. Justice Frankel, the B.C. Court of Appeals dismissed Keith Weins’ case.
In early February 2021, the Parole Board of Canada ruled that Wiens can continue leaving his Ontario jail for up to 40 hours per month for community services. Wiens had already been granted escorted temporary absences (ETAs) in 2019 for community service work.
Global News reports, “An updated Psychological Risk Assessment completed in December 2020 indicated Wiens is in the low range of risk for general and violent recidivism. However, he’s in the high range of risk for intimate partner violence.”