Defence lawyer Katherin Beyak speaks to media in the Calgary Court Centre in Calgary, AB Aug 3, 2011.
Credits: Nadia Moharib/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency
CALGARY -- The country's youngest multiple killer earned rave reviews of reintegrating into society in a Medicine Hat, Alta., courtroom Monday.
Just 12 years old when she helped kill her parents and eight-year-old brother in 2006, the young woman has been making steady progress in her rehabilitation, Justice Scott Brooker said.
"Keep up the good work," Brooker said in Medicine Hat provincial court.
The woman, now 18, can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
She's been living in Calgary in her own residence, taking university courses and working full time while serving a 10-year sentence that expires when she's 22 years old.
It's the second glowing assessment she's received this year during her twice-yearly sentence reviews, her lawyer Katherin Beyak noted.
"The status quo seems to be working well," Beyak said, adding she chose not to pursue further privileges for her client.
"It's one of those ones where the system's working to rehabilitate and have meaningful consequences."
She appeared on closed-circuit TV in court that also heard she continues to receive psychiatric counselling.
A condition of her sentence is a curfew that runs from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Monday's review focused more on the woman's therapeutic progress, Beyak said.
"The treatment team said she's expressed real and genuine remorse," she said.
That progress, Beyak said, is also reflected in a decision to hold the court reviews once a year instead of twice.
Six years of her sentence is in custody, the remaining four under supervision.
The woman was joined by her then-boyfriend Jeremy Steinke in stabbing her three family members to death in their Medicine Hat home on April 23, 2006.
Steinke, then 23, claimed to be a 300-year-old werewolf at the time of the killings.
The man, who's serving a life sentence at the Edmonton Institution and now goes by the name Jackson May, is seeking a new murder trial.