Accused Killer: was deemed not a ‘significant threat’ and released by the Review Board

Alexander Lawrence Laglace is charged with the second-degree murder of Tammy-Lynn Cordone in Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park in May of 2009… just months after being released.

The BRITISH COLUMBIA REVIEW BOARD held the review on December 8,2008 and the final order was signed on January 7, 2009, ruling that “we nonetheless conclude that Mr. Laglace currently does not pose a significant threat of grave harm such as warrants our ongoing jurisdiction over him.”

The BRITISH COLUMBIA REVIEW BOARD months earlier in March of 2008, had seemed to arrive at a different conclusion finding:

Note I have edited for brevity… please utilize full report for accuracy.

[ 24 ] When the accused last was before the Board on August 9, 2007, the Board
observed that the index offence of arson was serious and had the potential to lead to catastrophic results. The Board noted the accused’s record for and history of possessing weapons. The Board was concerned by the accused’s antisocial attitudes and was troubled by the incident of 2006 when he kicked another patient in the head as punishment. The accused’s attitude to continuing substance use was found to increase his risk.

[ 25 ] a period of just over four months, the accused’s behaviour has demonstrated that the panel’s concerns were justified.  Once in the community under conditional discharge he continued to abuse substances which by his own admission amounted to using cocaine every two to three days in addition to periodic marijuana and alcohol use. The accused found himself in serious trouble on no less than three occasions within a time span of approximately 2 months. He was alternately robbed or attacked at late hours near the Surrey sky train. There were multiple complaints of intimidating and threatening behaviour. The accused was eventually evicted from his accommodation for threatening behaviour. When returned to FPH the accused was found to have a six-inch box cutter in his possession.

[ 26 ] the accused’s combination of substance abuse and antisocial behaviours
such as loan sharking left him at high risk to intimidate others and wind up in dangerous confrontations.

[ 27 ] The risk of the accused becoming involved in some dispute or confrontation while in possession of a knife or other weapon and while under the influence of drugs is real and indeed foreseeable. In such circumstances the possibility of violence is equally foreseeable.

[ 29 ] We conclude that the evidence continues to establish that the accused is a
significant threat to public safety.

West Vancouver police have identified the woman murdered in Lighthouse Park as Tammi-Lynn Louise Cordone, 43, of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her family may disagree with the BRITISH COLUMBIA REVIEW BOARD conclusion of “not a significant threat”.

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