Murderer in 1992 McDonald’s robbery granted day passes from prison

Jeremiah Rodriguez, CTVNews.ca Staff with a report from InternetNews Atlantic Ryan Macdonald

Published Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:18PM EST

Last Updated Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:32PM EST

A convicted assassin concerned in the 1992 botched robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant in Sydney River, N.S. has been granted 24-hour unescorted passes from prison.

Three males have been convicted for the violent incident that left three McDonald’s workers useless and a fourth with life-altering mind accidents. All three attackers, who ended up stealing $2,017, have been convicted of first-degree homicide.

After a long time behind bars, Freeman MacNeil, now 51, was accredited for 2 24-hour absences for the following two months. The situations of those releases embody MacNeil not having any contact with the victims’ households.

One of the victims was 29-year-old father Neil Burroughs who was shot and stabbed earlier than being hit him over the top with a shovel deal with. The two different victims have been James Fagan, 27 and Donna Warren, 22.

A fourth employee, Arleen MacNeil, suffered life-altering mind accidents. She died final 12 months.

The most up-to-date unescorted passes have been for MacNeil’s “personal development” and the logical step in his reintegration into society, the Parole Board of Canada mentioned.

MacNeil has reportedly had about 300 escorted passes out of prison since 2016. He has been held in minimum-security establishments since 2012.


Cathy Burroughs, the sister of sufferer Neil Burroughs, mentioned she was shocked by the information.

“It’s just inconceivable to me that we have a justice system that definitely just still protects the offenders,” she mentioned.

Burroughs doesn’t imagine MacNeil has modified because the killing and mentioned he even smirked at her household after they attended his second-to-last parole listening to.

She added this newest information didn’t shock her. Another one of many convicted murderers, Darren Muise, acquired full parole practically seven years in the past. Burroughs believes MacNeil will ultimately be launched from prison as effectively.

She doesn’t imagine Derek Wood, the third man concerned in the murders, will ever be launched, regardless of being the “only one who has ever apologized for his actions that night.”

Regardless of what finally ends up occurring with each Wood and MacNeil, Burroughs mentioned the ache from her brother’s homicide won’t ever totally disappear.

“They’re not the one ones who bought a life sentence. So did we,” she mentioned, including she’ll be at MacNeil’s subsequent parole listening to.

“As I told Mr. MacNeil the last time, we still have some unfinished business. He will always have to contend with the Burroughs family. And especially me.”

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