McDonald’s Murderer Denied Day Parole
One of the Sydney River McDonald’s killers has lost his appeal of a decision to deny him day parole.
Derek Anthony Wood was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after being convicted of a number of charges in the 1992 robbery and murders.
Three McDonald’s workers were killed and a fourth was left permanently disabled.
Wood was found guilty on two counts of first-degree in the case.
The appeal board denied his appeal citing several factors including his moderate to high risk for reoffending, the length of his incarceration, his violent institutional behaviour, current segregation status, and his lack of addressing his risk factors.
In 1998 Wood assaulted another inmate with sharpened paintbrushes and a sharpened toothbrush.
He was also found guilty of assaults on two correctional officers in 2006.
Wood wanted a day parole release to a halfway house where he said he would take a week to get familiar with his surroundings and then look for work.