Second bid for parole denied
Parole has been denied for the man who killed three generations of the same family in 1982.
David Ennis, who was known as David Shearing at the time of the killings, is eligible for day and full parole after serving 28 years in prison.
His parole hearing took place yesterday (Tuesday) at Bowden Institution, near Calgary. Parole Board spokesperson Gary Sears said no other information was available at this time.
In August 1982 three generations of the Johnson and Bentley families — George and Edith Bentley of Port Coquitlam, their daughter Jackie Johnson and her husband, Bob, of Kelowna and their two daughters, 13-year-old Janet and 11-year-old Karen — were camping in Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Ennis watched them for at least two days before he shot the four adults so that he could gain access to the two young girls.
A few days later he killed the girls as well, loaded all the bodies into one of the family’s vehicles and torched it in a secluded area of the park.
Their remains were discovered on Sept. 13, 1982; Ennis was arrested 14 months later.
In 1984 he pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
His 2008 parole application was denied after the Parole Board of Canada concluded he had limited insight into the murders, and that he posed a risk to the public because his only release plan was to live with his wife somewhere in Alberta.
He did not apply when he was next eligible for parole in 2010.