One of three men convicted in McDonald’s murders awarded unescorted absences

One of the three men who was convicted in connectionw ith the 1992 McDonald’s murders in Sydney River, N.S., has been granted temporary unescorted absences from prison once a month.

Freeman Daniel MacNeil, now 51, is serving a life sentence for his role in the notorious murders that left three employees dead and a fourth critically injured.

MacNeil, who was 27 at the time of the murders, is serving the sentence for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, forcible confinement and robbery.

MacNeil, along with two others — Darren Muise and Derek Wood — robbed the MacDonald’s restaurant in Sydney River, N.S., on May 7, 1992. During the robbery, employees Donna Warren, Jimmy Fagan and Neil Burroughs were fatally shot in the head.

A fourth victim, Arleen MacNeil, was also shot but survived. She died at the age of 46 last year.

In a decision dated Nov. 5, 2019, the Parole Board of Canada found that MacNeil will be granted one temporary absence a month from the institution for two months for “personal development.”

The objective of the absences, the document states, is for MacNeil to familiarize himself with the area where he’ll be staying on day parole.

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