Released from jail early

The man convicted of being an accessory to the 2011 murder of 19-year-old Maple Batalia has been released from custody early, just one year after he was sentenced.

Gursimar “Gary” Bedi was sentenced to 22 months in jail last January for renting a vehicle that was used as a getaway car after Gurjinder "Gary" Dhailawl shot and stabbed Batalia, his ex-girlfriend, in a Simon Fraser University parking lot.

Batalia had previously broken up with Dhailawl, sending him into a jealous rage.

Bedi was originally charged with manslaughter for assisting in the murder, but was convicted of being an accessory after the fact. 

Batalia's family was recently informed of Bedi's early release by Victim Services of British Columbia, outraging the family.

“He did not even know her, had nothing to do with her, and he was the last voice of reason that could have prevented this cold-blooded murder from happening,” Rose Batalia, Maple's sister, told CTV News.

When he was sentenced last January, Bedi was given four months credit for presentence custody. 

Offenders in Canada, except those serving life sentences for murder, are eligible to apply for parole after serving one-third of their sentence.

Dhailawl pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2016 and was sentenced to life in jail with no chance of parole for 21 years.  

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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