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Faint hope clause allows murderer to apply for parole

Man convicted of Keremeos murders has chance at early parole


Robert Walter Nicholson was sent to jail for 25 years with no chance of parole after murdering two men in 1994.

Nicholson was recently granted the ability to request early release by using the “faint hope” clause to get out of prison.

Nicholson was convicted of the murders after RCMP managed to get him to confess through a complex undercover investigation following the murders, which took place in a remote location near Keremeos. Nicholson lured Paul Dugas and Alfred Vass to the location, then beat them to death with a baseball bat.

The “faint hope” clause allows people convicted of first degree murder to apply for parole 15 years after they begin serving their sentences.