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Teen frying pan murderer denied parole

One of Cowichan's most notorious killers will not be free to come and go as she pleases any time soon.

Rachel Kleven, convicted of helping then-boyfriend Keith Haynes club his mom, Rhonda, to death with a frying pan in her Cobble Hill home in 1995, has been refused parole.

In an Aug. 24 decision, the National Parole of Canada ruled Kleven, 36, an undue risk to re-offend.

According to the parole report, assessments have consistently concluded her risk for future violence is low. However, a continued weakness for destructive relationships and substance abuse, as well as poor behaviour during a previous day parole stint have made the board reluctant to give the former teenage murder accomplice the benefit of the doubt.

"The board finds that a cautious approach is warranted given the nature and severity of your offence and the fact that nothing in your life at the time of (the murder) suggested you were capable of such a brutal act of violence," the ruling reads.

Kleven is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder and was first granted day parole in 2006.

Those privileges were revoked last summer for deception, theft and drugs.

Keith Haynes was convicted of first-degree murder and continues to serve a life sentence in Nova Scotia.

 

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