PETERS – Flawed parole system means Shearing still holds all the power over the family of his victims

David William Shearing (now Ennis) in custody in 1982.

YOU CAN SAY DAVID SHEARING SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH, but that’s just not going to happen.

You can say he should remain in prison forever, but according to the sentence he was given, he will continue to receive opportunities to apply for parole.

And for every time his case comes up before the Parole Board of Canada, the family of the Johnsons and Bentleys will be put through hell yet again.


ROTHENBURGER – Wells Gray killer David Ennis must never be set free


By now, the story is well-known.

Shearing killed six members of the same family, two each from three generations, in 1982. Before killing the young girls, he held them captive for a week, doing unspeakable things to them.

It was more than a year later that he was finally apprehended.

Pleading guilty, Shearing received six life sentences to be served concurrently, with no chance of parole for 25 years.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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