Man found dead in cell 2 days after guilty plea

The Canadian Press

March 14, 2009

North Bay, Ont. -- A man who pleaded guilty this week to the 1970 murder of a 12-year-old girl has been found dead in his jail cell.

Provincial police say Barry Manion was found dead at the Monteith Correctional Complex in Northern Ontario at 5 a.m. yesterday.

Mr. Manion, 61, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years on Wednesday after pleading guilty to killing Katherine Wilson, his cousin's daughter.

She went missing in October, 1970, on the outskirts of Kirkland Lake, Ont., and the case went unsolved for nearly four decades.



Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre


Monteith Jail's nearest big town is Timmins. Northern Ontario is famous for small towns with generations of police corruption and powerful local officials who "know" someone who works at Monteith where it is very easy for "someone" to whisper the right words in a prisoners ear to have another prisoner commit suicide, beaten up or murdered. The odds of this death being an innocent death is entirely remote. Also entirely remote is the probability of any success run by the South Porcupine OPP Detachment that will be "called in" to "investigate"

13:20 March 14, 2009