– April 22, 2005
In November 1999, 15 year old Matti Baranovski, a straight-A student who dreamed of becoming a doctor, was in a north Toronto park when he was swarmed by about a dozen youths. The youths robbed him and savagely beat him, kicking him in the head repeatedly. Baranovski died later in hospital of a ruptured artery
In 2003, Meir Mariani and Lee Cochrane were convicted of manslaughter in the death and were ordered to serve two years in prison after receiving double credit for time served awaiting trial.
Their original parole applications from August 2004, after serving one year in jail, were refused after the Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board described Cochrane as “unstable” and having a history of “combative altercations,” and cited Mariani’s behaviour as “less than favourable and actually declining.”
Eight months later, the two were granted full release according to Canada’s statutory release laws.