Navy spy eligible for conditional release in three years
Sub.-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle leaves provincial court after pleading guilty to charges related to communicating information to a foreign entity, before his preliminary hearing in Halifax on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. THE (Andrew Vaughan / CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:33PM AST
HALIFAX -- The Parole Board of Canada says a former Halifax naval officer convicted of spying for Russia is eligible for conditional release in three years.
Jeffrey Paul Delisle was given a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to passing secrets to the Russians for 4 1/2 years.
But the judge presiding over his case ruled that when time already served is taken into account, Delisle's sentence is 18 years and five months.
The parole board says Delisle becomes eligible for unescorted temporary leaves in March 2016 and day parole in September 2018.
He is eligible for full parole a year later.
A decision on whether Delisle would be granted parole is made by the board after a review of his case or a hearing.