Convicted murderer Donald Campbell denied early parole

Brent Nathan, Alicia Guthrie and Joel Campbell. Photo taken by Lynette Brown

The Parole Board of Canada has denied Donald Wayne Campbell’s request for early conditional release.

He was convicted of first degree murder in the January 1998 death of 45-year-old Fenny Campbell and sentenced to life in prison, with eligibility for full parole after 25 years.

Campbell asked for both unescorted temporary absence and day parole on Thursday, a request the family told Sarnia News Today was denied.

“The family feels that the correct decision was made today,” said son, Joel Campbell. “We are very happy with the decision to deny both the unescorted temporary absence and day parole.”

Joel, who was 18-years-old at the time of the crime, said his father, now 69-years-old, sought southwestern Ontario, specifically Windsor, as his one and only location of interest.

“He responded to many questions from the parole board and offered his perspective on the progress he’s made to this point, so that they could consider that,” he said.

Brent Campbell, who was 15-years-old when his mother died, said there was still no acceptance or responsibility taken for the crime by his father Thursday.

“There was no remorse, no reaction from him at all,” Brent said.

He said his father, obviously, looks older with more grey hair.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen him in many years, I think probably at least 15. For some of us, I think it’s been since he was let out of Sarnia court.”

Daughter Alicia Guthrie, who was 10-years-old when her mother was killed, said the hearing was very stressful for herself and her two brothers.

“It was surreal that it came up again, and all of a sudden there we were all of these years later,” Guthrie said. “Definitely emotions ran high seeking answers, but again, no change.”

The family describes the decision as a small victory, because they believe their father’s first eligibility for full parole will be considered in December.

“It kind of buys us a little more time of solace to know that he’s locked up, but we know that it’s probably just the first of many battles,” Brent Campbell said.