TORONTO — The federal government is moving forward with the creation of an independent review commission to consider claims of wrongful convictions. Here are 10 high-profile murder cases that resulted in wrongfully convicted Canadians and how long they spent in prison:
Romeo Phillion: Murder of Ottawa firefighter in 1967 — 31 years.
David Milgaard: Murder of Saskatoon nursing aide in 1969 — 23 years.
Glen Assoun: Killing of former common law spouse in Dartmouth, N.S. — 17 years.
James Driskell: Killing of acquaintance in Winnipeg — 13 years.
William Mullins-Johnson: Sodomization and suffocation of four-year-old niece in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in 1993 — 12 years.
Donald Marshall Jr: Murder of acquaintance in Sydney, N.S. in 1971 — 11 years.
Steven Truscott: Classmate's rape and murder near Clinton, Ont., when he was 14 years old — 10 years in prison.
Robert Baltovich: Killing of girlfriend in Toronto in 1990 — 8 years.
Thomas Sophonow: Convicted twice in 1981 murder of 16-year-old donut shop worker in Winnipeg — four years.
Guy Paul Morin: Sex slaying in Queensville, Ont., of nine-year-old neighbour in 1984 — 18 months.
SOURCE: The Canadian Press
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2020.
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