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Rob Ramage Could Be Released From Prison

from the CP at TSN,

Former NHL player Rob Ramage is up for parole today, eight months into his four-year prison sentence.

Ramage, 52, was convicted in 2007 of four charges, including impaired driving causing death, in a crash that killed his friend Keith Magnuson, another ex-NHL player.

He was jailed last July after the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected his bid for a new trial.

Ramage was charged after the rental car he was driving slammed head-on into another vehicle north of Toronto in December 2003, killing Magnuson

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Update 2:26pm ET: From USA Today -

Former NHL player Rob Ramage has been denied in his bid to be released from a halfway house.

The board’s two members split Friday on whether to grant Ramage day parole when he becomes eligible in May. He’ll have another hearing before a new board at an undetermined date.

The 52-year-old Ramage has served eight months of his four-year sentence.

Update 2:50pm ET: From Rob Tripp via Faceoff.com -

A two-member Parole Board of Canada panel granted Ramage’s request for unescorted passes. He will be able to leave Frontenac Institution, the minimum-security prison where he is serving his four-year sentence, without an escort.

“That would be for up to 72 hours a month,” said Carol Sparling, a spokeswoman for the board in Kingston.

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”...up for parole today, eight months into his four-year prison sentence…”

Yeah, sounds about right for a Canadian drunk-driving-causing-death jail sentence.

The former defenceman’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said in July he would try to get his client released to a halfway house as soon as possible.”

Greenspan had argued in his appeal to have Ramage’s sentence reduced, calling it disproportionate for an upstanding citizen who had given much back to the community and had no criminal record.”

He also said the sentence went against the wishes of Magnuson’s family, who asked the judge to show leniency.”

I”n addition, Greenspan said Ramage’s charter rights were violated when he was required to give a urine sample while in hospital with a head injury and on morphine.”

The court dismissed his conviction and sentence appeals.”

I guess it’s nice to hear about a judge who doesn’t bow down to requests for shorter terms. Now if they could transfer that thinking to the rape and murder cases, then I think there would be a story worth reading.

As long as you’re in general considered a good person by your family and close friends, do what the hell you want without threat of actual repercussions.

I didn’t see any mention of MADD in that article.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/04/11 at 02:53 PM ET

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Oh, and this is from that MADD article from the time of the original sentence:

Yet critics contend that Mr. Ramage does not deserve the four-year jail term he received – a term that leaves him eligible for full parole after 1 year and 4 months.”

I suppose those extra eight months in jail that he got off from were time-served during his trial.

The world continues to get and stay overcrowded for unimaginable reasons.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/04/11 at 02:58 PM ET

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For clarity, my reading of the relevant regulations is that Ramage will not become elligible for full parole until he has served 1/3 of his sentence (1 year, 4 months). The Parole board review must take place within the 6 months preceding that date (i.e. some time after 8 months of the sentence has been served).

In a nutshell - even if the board reviews the case and immediately finds he should be given full parole, that doesn’t mean he’ll be walking out the door today. He’s got to stay until he’s served 1 year and 4 months.

I don’t recall perfectly, but I don’t believe Ramage was held for any substantial period while awaiting trial, and I know he was granted bail just a few hours after his initial sentencing pending his appeal.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 03/04/11 at 03:47 PM ET

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Posted by Da lil Guy from Ottawa on 03/04/11 at 12:47 PM ET

Thanks

Posted by NathanBC on 03/04/11 at 05:01 PM ET

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Obviously drinking and driving is bad but I don’t understand why killing someone while driving sober is OK.  ie.  I don’t know why Dany Heatley didn’t serve jail time.  I guess it has something to do with the soft US justice system?

Posted by CallMeJerry on 03/04/11 at 09:37 PM ET

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meanwhile, my 33 year old brother in law gets to roam free and get 2 week (at a time) jobs in food service, after 4 counts of check forgery, meth addition and possession, type 2 hepatitis, 3 counts of aggrevated assault, auto theft, breaking and entering and failure to pay child support.

i am glad the justice system has a low pay scale and education level…or else i would be confused right now.

Posted by chad delong from albuquerque on 03/05/11 at 06:45 AM ET

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