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Toronto cop killer released from prison to British Columbia halfway house

Elaine Rose Cece, left, and Mary Barbara Taylor.

Credits: Ilustration by Pam Davies

JOE WARMINGTON | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO - It wasn't life in prison for cop killer Rose Cece, after all.

In fact, just under 14-and-a-half-years after she and girlfriend Mary Barbara Taylor fatally stabbed Toronto Police Const. Billy Hancox, Cece, 54, is out from behind bars and living in a British Columbia halfway house.

Both women were convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 for the Aug. 4, 1998, slaying.

Cece was transferred out to B.C. while Taylor continues to serve her time in a women's prison in Joliet, Que.

But widow Kim Hancox-Spencer, who was pregnant at the time of the murder, said in an interview last summer she was concerned this could happen when she received a letter from Correctional Services Canada notifying her "the warden of this offender's institution has authorized four additional escorted temporary absences."

She described hearing this news like receiving a punch in the gut.

"You end up reliving it again and again," said Hancox-Spencer.

She was especially upset since a 2010 National Parole Board ruling cited Cece, who killed Hancox in a sneak attack encouraged by her co-conspirator, had a "low level of insight into her crime" and was involved in "unhealthy inmate relationships."

Hancox-Spencer wants to know how someone like this could be on her way to full release.

She said she will address her concerns of this release to the federal government and continue "fighting the good fight" on behalf of her slain husband who can't, she said.

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