November 1, 2012
Recommendations made after B.C. jailhouse serial killing death
By MICHAEL MUI, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER - A coroner’s jury into the jailhouse murder of an incarcerated man by a fellow inmate two years ago has recommended exceptions be made by Corrections Canada to move dangerous offenders into single cell accommodations.
Jeremy Phillips, 23, was murdered on Nov. 21, 2010 by “Homicidal Drifter” Michael McGray, a serial killer serving six concurrent life sentences.
The 47-year-old, who was housed in Mountain Institution in Agassiz, B.C., pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder last year.
Reportedly, the slaying came just after McGray was moved from a maximum-security prison to the medium-security location in Agassiz.
The killer had previously declared he would murder a prison guard, an inmate or anyone else who would quench his seemingly insatiable hunger to take lives.
McGray claims to have killed 16 people across North America since his deadly rampage began in 1985.
The recommendation follows testimony from prison guards, a pathologist, the lead investigator and the victim’s mother, among others.
The jury made five total recommendations, including the correctional services considers mandatory single accommodation for multiple murderers, and for officials to provide better knowledge to prison staff about the inmates ahead of jail transfers.