Brutal rapist to be released

On October 28th, Marcellus Jacob will be released from a federal penitentiary after serving two thirds of his eight-year sentence.

On October 28th, Marcellus Jacob will be released from a federal penitentiary after serving two thirds of his eight-year sentence.

Jacob was convicted in February 2002 for repeatedly raping and sodomizing a Whitehorse woman at knifepoint in her own home.

During the savage and brutal attack, which lasted five hours, the woman was forced to perform oral sex on Jacob and was raped and sodomized six different times while bound in duct tape with a blanket over her head.

Jacob sawed at her neck with a knife while attacking her, hacked off her hair and used various household objects and cooking ingredients in the attack.

Four and a half years later, he is being released.

By law, Jacob must be released after serving two thirds of his sentence, said National Parole Board acting regional director Evelyn Blair from BC.

Two parole board members reviewed his case on Wednesday to determine what conditions should be placed on his statutory release.

“The board members did see him yesterday and posed six conditions on his release,” said Blair on Thursday.

One of the conditions is for Jacob to reside in a halfway house after leaving prison, she said.

“That means there’s more supervision and structure on the release that he’ll be going out on,” said Blair.

Jacob will be sent to a halfway house somewhere in Canada at the end of October.

He will remain in the halfway house until the end of his sentence, unless the board members remove his condition, said Blair.

While at the halfway house, Blair is accountable for all his behaviour, she said.

“In fact, if he breaches any of the conditions, or there is any deterioration in his behaviour, the parole officer can suspend him,” said Blair.

The parole board would then review his case and decide if Jacob should return to prison.

Jacob’s full sentence ends February 26th, 2009.