|Shawn Cameron Lamb, 52, is arrested by Winnipeg police in the 100-block of Sutherland Avenue on Thursday, June 21, 2012. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - The National Parole Board sounded the alarm about suspected Winnipeg serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb's long-standing "clear capacity for violence" and his "deeply entrenched criminal value system" more than 10 years ago, documents obtained by QMI Agency show.
But despite their stated concerns regarding the career criminal's major drug problems, horrendous criminal record and lack of options for community supports, Lamb continued to rack up convictions and jail terms long after the parole board's last dealings with him in 2006.
Lamb, now 52, is in custody accused of the serial second-degree murders of Lorna Blacksmith, Carolyn Sinclair and Tanya Nepinak in 2011 into early 2012, along with two sexual assaults and probation breaches. The allegations have not been proven in court.
Lamb has racked up 107 convictions since 1976 for crimes across four different Canadian provinces. A number of his priors involved acts of violence.
In 2001, Lamb, then 41, was granted mandatory statutory release from Stony Mountain Institution, north of Winnipeg, where he was serving a two-year sentence for crimes including a major assault on a man over a $15 drug debt. The attack garnered Lamb his fourth federal prison term.
Lamb and a co-accused burst into the victim's Winnipeg apartment before Lamb grabbed the debtor by the hair and began slamming his head into a wall several times, "pulling clumps of hair out of the victim's scalp," the documents state.
The board cited several concerning risk factors Lamb posed at the time, including a "clear capacity for violence" along with his lack of completed anger-management programming.
It placed conditions on his statutory release.
Nine days after being granted stat release on Jan. 9, 2002, Lamb was rearrested for allegedly assaulting his then-common law wife by slamming a phone down on her hands during an argument, the board said. An assault charge was ultimately stayed.
Lamb regained his conditional freedom by March 2002 after making what was interpreted as a "forthright and sincere" presentation to parole officials, who noted he demonstrated "willingness" to deal with his anger problem.
By May, he was back in custody and his freedom revoked again.
Lamb got a third shot again in July, but was rearrested within three days on new charges.
"It is apparent that you had no intention or motivation to remain pro-social while in the community," the board said in revoking his compulsory release for the final time.
Lamb applied for parole again in 2006 after being imprisoned for five subsequent convictions but the board flatly denied him.