A young woman convicted of manslaughter for luring a Langley man to his death has been granted day parole for six months.
Michelle Motola, 22, was sentenced in April 2012 to six years in jail for her role in the murder.
Motola was given two and a half years of credit for time spent in custody prior to sentencing, leaving three and a half years to be served. Although she was a youth at the time the crime was committed, Motola was sentenced as an adult and a publication ban on her name was lifted. Motola was ordered released on Aug. 21 following a Parole Board of Canada hearing.
In March 2009, Motola, then 17, asked Marc Bontkes to accompany her on a drug delivery to Hi-Knoll Park in Surrey because she was afraid, and he agreed.
At the park, two men were waiting to kill Bontkes over personal disputes and issues related to a dial-a-dope operation in which the men were involved.
Motola had dated one of the men, Robert David Bradshaw, and was a close friend of the other, Roy Michael Thielen.
Bontkes, 33, was shot dead, and Bradshaw, Thielen, and Motola fled.
Motola has maintained that she knew Bontkes was going to be hurt, but not that he was going to be killed.
At the time of the killing, Motola was using drugs daily and delivered drugs to support her addiction. She was also stealing cars, breaking into cars and committing other property offences.
The parole board, in its written decision, called Motola’s record “short but alarming.”
While in custody, Motola has taken a number of programs and counselling, and has not used drugs for two years. Her self-management and release plan are described as well thought out, structured, and viable. The board stated her recent institutional behaviour has been “appropriate.”
“You take full responsibility for your role in the index offence, and display remorse and empathy in relation to the victim and their family,” the board wrote. She is considered a moderate risk to re-offend.
Motola waived full parole and applied instead for day parole. Her plan is to attend a residential treatment program, after which she will live in second-stage housing or a community residential facility.
Thielen and Bradshaw are both serving life sentences for Bontkes’ murder.
- Jennifer Saltman is a reporter with the Vancouver Province
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