Out of jail early

CTV News has learned a notorious B.C. gangster was released from jail earlier than he was supposed to.

Parole board documents show Jarrod Bacon was mistakenly let out of prison 16 months early last year.

Bacon was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2012, minus the two years and 10 months he had already served for trying to smuggle 100 kilograms of cocaine into British Columbia.

He left a prison in Quebec in February 2017 even though, by his own admission, he wasn't eligible for statutory release until June 2018.

Bacon breached two conditions of his release, including going to a bar and associating with a known criminal, and was back in custody by July.

Bacon, however, was able to successfully appeal the ruling by arguing the parole board had no right to find that he breached the conditions of his release because he shouldn't have been out in the first place.

In its decision, the board agreed that it "did not have the jurisdiction to review your conduct while on statutory release."

"Whether the Board was aware of this error or not, your statutory release was thus contrary to the (Corrections and Conditional Release Act) and was thus null ab initio as the Board's jurisdiction could not have been triggered," the document read.

- with files from CTV Vancouver

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