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Edmonton man convicted of killing pregnant wife gets full parole

Michael White, who was convicted in 2006 of killing Liana White and dumping her body in a ditch, has been granted full parole.

Michael White was convicted of second-degree murder in 2006

Michael White appears in front of a white house during a press conference held in a driveway in 2005.

An Edmonton man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and dumping her body in a ditch has been granted full parole.

The Parole Board of Canada granted Michael White full parole in late May.

"Given your assessed low risk, employment stability and your demonstrated abilities to live a law-abiding lifestyle the board does not find that your risk would be undue on an expanded form of conditional release," the board said in a written decision.

"Therefore, full parole is granted."

White was convicted in 2006 of second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a dead body in the death of his wife.

Liana White, a medical clerk at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, was four months pregnant with the couple's second child when she was fatally stabbed in July 2005. Her husband made an emotional public plea for her safe return.

Her body was found in a ditch a few days later by a search party that included her husband.

Court documents say security footage from a nearby pub showed the SUV heading toward the park around 5 a.m. the day of Liana White's disappearance and, about 11 minutes later, a man closely matching Michael White's description jogging from the park toward the White home.

The parole board noted that Michael White had disposed of his wife's body and "cleaned up" evidence from his crime. A judge described White's offence as "the most reprehensible and extreme form of domestic violence," the board wrote.

White was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years. His appeal of his convictions was rejected by Alberta's highest court.

Conditions of parole

The parole board noted that White continues to maintain his innocence.

"Your stance of innocence has prevented you from possible insight," it wrote, adding that White's case management team felt he demonstrated a "good deal of accountability and victim empathy," as best as he could.

Conditions of White's full parole include that he have no contact with Liana White's family unless they request it and that he report any changes in his current relationship with his fiancee and any new relationships with women.

Michael White was granted day parole from Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont., in February 2021, which was extended several times.

He has been taking extended weekend passes at a condo with his fiancee, "with no concerns noted" and started a new job in January that allows him to work on a variety of heavy equipment, the parole board said.

White plans to remarry and to travel, the board said.

"Your fiancee is considered a positive collateral contact and aware of your offending and release conditions," it wrote. "You maintain support in the community from some friends and family."

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship, which is not involved in the editorial process.


Kiernan Green

Journalism fellow

Kiernan Green is a Canadian Journalism Foundation fellow working with CBC News' Business Unit, Investigative Unit, What On Earth Podcast and Rosie Barton Live show in Toronto. He's previously worked as a regional reporter in Victoria, B.C. and Humboldt, SK, and graduated from TMU's School of Journalism in 2021 with minors in global politics and modern history. Reach him at kiernan.green@cbc.ca.

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