mulberry mens briefcase Convicted killer may be in Cold Lake
A man with a history of extreme violence, wanted by the police, may be in the Cold Lake area, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeremie Landry in an email to the local media this morning.
Garrett Blackman is sought on a Canada wide apprehension and suspension warrant for a statutory release violation.
The 27 year old had been released after serving more than four years in prison for manslaughter after being convicted of killing Gregory Gannaw near Cold Lake in 2013.
Statutory release is mandatory by law after an offender (except those serving a life or indeterminate sentence) has served two thirds of his or her sentence. The offender is then supervised with conditions for the remainder of the sentence.
Police believe Gannaw was beaten over the course of several days, and that Blackman and an accomplice murdered the 19 year old on the side of a rural road using an axe and a machete, leaving his body in the ditch on Range Road 425A near secondary road 897,
about 20 kilometres south of Cold Lake.
The body was later found by police on Sept. 2, 2013.
In 2016, while serving his sentence in Edmonton minimum security Stan Daniels Healing Centre, Blackman escaped and was on the lam for about a month before being collared by the Cold Lake RCMP.
Police said Blackman is 5 and 240 pounds. He has brown eyes and dark brown hair with the following prominent tattoos: playing cards, bars, skulls and break me on right hand. He has N W M E and Batman on left hand,
and on right fingers and DIE and on left fingers. He has you pay me on right thumb and 780 on left thumb.