Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Paul Bernardo's Day-Parole Hearing Scheduled for March; Victims' Families 'Gutted'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Paul Bernardo's Day-Parole Hearing Scheduled for March; Victims' Families 'Gutted'

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Paul Bernardo's day-parole hearing scheduled for March

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TORONTO - The families of two school girls brutally raped and killed by Paul Bernardo say the notorious killer's application for day parole is "gut wrenching."

Bernardo is scheduled for a day-parole hearing next March.

Tim Danson, the lawyer for the families of Bernardo's murder victims, 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French, is confident Bernardo will never be granted parole.

"I believe he will die in prison," Danson said. "But we take nothing for granted and will be vigilant responding to Bernardo every step of the way."

Bernardo was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for raping and murdering Mahaffy and French. He was also given dangerous offender status -- and received an indeterminate sentence -- after admitting to raping 14 other women.

"They are gutted -- this is gut-wrenching for the Frenchs and the Mahaffys," Danson said.

He said Bernardo has been scheduled for day-parole hearings on several occasions since he applied last year, but each one has been adjourned. …

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