MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK: The captain of a fishing boat involved in the death of an Isle Madame man six years ago was granted his release from prison.
On December 7, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) granted Dwayne Matthew Samson full parole with a special condition that he has no direct or indirect contact with any members of Phillip Boudreau’s family for the duration of his parole.
The PBC noted that Samson’s crime caused the death of another and caused “serious psychological harm” to Boudreau’s family and the community in general, but pointed out that Samson did not have a prior criminal history prior and remained in the community for over two years after the crime with no incidents.
“It notes that your current offence was your first ever involvement with the criminal justice system and came later in life,” the PBC decision reads. “You have accepted responsibility for your actions and have demonstrated sustained ability and motivation to respect court-imposed conditions while on bail. By all indications, your period of incarceration was not problematic, and no issues been reported since your day parole release.”
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) assessed Samson’s accountability, motivation level and reintegration levels as high, with a low risk to reoffend. He also met the criteria for CSC programming while incarcerated, participating in the Positive Lifestyles Program, maintaining employment and participating in community service Escorted Temporary Absences.
After Samson was granted day parole last June, the CSC said he used the time productively, spending time with family, working around his property and preparing for the fishing season.
In consulting with Community Collaterals, the CSC reported “no negative community reactions” to Samson’s release.
“Your plan would see you return to the home and employment you maintained in the years prior to your offence,” states the PBC decision. “Collaterals, including local police, were consulted and expressed no opposition to the proposed full parole release to that area. The board is of the view that the proposed plan is good in that is will support and encourage you to return to the productive and prosocial lifestyle that your maintained before you committed your offence.”
On May 20, 2015, Samson pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter. Samson – who was the captain of the fishing boat Twin Maggies, along with crew members James Landry and Craig Landry – originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of second degree murder, electing trial by jury, but changed his plea before going to trial.
Included in the guilty plea was that Samson had to agree to a statement of facts surrounding Boudreau’s death. The statement shows James Landry fired four shots at Boudreau’s boat, after being asked twice by Samson if he was going to shoot, with Boudreau claiming to be hit.
The statement of facts then has the Twin Maggies crew hauling Boudreau’s boat out to sea, before Boudreau cut the bow line. The Twin Maggies then rammed Boudreau’s boat three times, and James Landry gaffed Boudreau before the crew began hauling him out to sea. Boudreau freed himself twice before being gaffed a third time and dragged further. At some point, Samson stopped the boat and James Landry released the gaff, with Boudreau rolling over face down in the water. Boudreau’s body was never recovered.
On September 22, 2015 in Port Hawkesbury Supreme Court, Justice Simon MacDonald sentenced Samson to 10 years. Samson received 103 days credit for time served.
Craig Landry was sentenced to 28 days in jail, which was covered by the time he already served, and two years probation. The first six months of probation was served with Landry remaining at his Petit de Grat home. For nine months after that, he was subject to a curfew.
On January 29, 2015 James Landry was sentenced to 14 years of federal prison time for his role in the death of Boudreau. In June, he was granted day parole with leave privileges from a halfway house.