Catch-22: Appeal highlights effect of maintaining innocence on getting parole, lawyer says – Vancouver Sun

by ahnationtalk on May 18, 2017237 Views

May 18, 2017

After Phillip James Tallio was sentenced to life in prison at age 17 for the murder of a 22-month-old girl in Bella Coola, he entered a prison system that is set up to treat those who have committed crimes.

But Tallio is different from most inmates. He has maintained since the beginning of his sentence that he is innocent, and he has not reversed that position for the past 34 years.

That unwavering claim means there’s a chance Tallio has already served more 24 years in prison than he ordinarily would have. That’s because Parole Board of Canada members are generally hard on prisoners who don’t take responsibility or express remorse for the crimes for which they were convicted.

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