HUNTER: Killer Marissa Shepard sprung despite role in grisly torture murder

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Now, Marissa Shephard gets to put the whole sordid business behind her.

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The 28-year-old femme fatale lured her childhood friend Baylee Wylie, 18, to a crack cocaine bash at her Moncton townhouse on Dec. 17, 2015. Two other men were also in the frame.

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As crack-smoking parties go, this was one for the books. A fight broke out between Wylie and Tyler Noel. Wylie would not see the sunrise.

Another kid named Devin Morningstar jumped in to help Noel. The comely Marissa Shephard grabbed a glass bong and smashed it over Wylie’s head, later claiming she split to engage in sex work as the fight raged.

Marissa Shephard was a party girl destined to spend the next 25 years in the slammer. FACEBOOK
Marissa Shephard was a party girl destined to spend the next 25 years in the slammer. FACEBOOK

When she returned she joined in the beatdown and torture of Wylie. She was afraid, Shephard later warbled, and besides, it wasn’t HER who inflicted the fatal wounds.

Her first trial for first-degree murder heard that Wylie was bound to a chair, beaten and stabbed with glass from a broken mirror and a box cutter. Most of the more than 140 stab wounds were inflicted while the victim was still alive.

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Shephard admits then setting the townhouse ablaze. But instead of turning herself in to the cops, she went on the run, frequently changing her appearance to stay ahead of cops. She was busted months later still in Moncton.

The final hours of Baylee Wylie were a carnival of pain and deprivation. FACEBOOK
The final hours of Baylee Wylie were a carnival of pain and deprivation. FACEBOOK

The gun-loving killer’s first-degree murder conviction was overturned. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter and arson before the second trial could begin. She was sentenced to 12 years in the slammer.

Torture murder doesn’t sound like manslaughter to us but the charge is becoming increasingly popular with crown attorneys unwilling to go the distance.

Here’s a primer on manslaughter: Bob and Joe squabble about the Leafs-Bruins game. Bob pushes Joe. Joe stumbles, hits his head and dies.

That’s manslaughter. Bob did not intend to kill Joe.

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In this case, it seems obvious that Shephard et al wanted Wylie dead.

And her co-conspirators were hammered. Morningstar was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, Noel got life with no chance of parole for 16 years.

Now, the violent beauty has hit her prison release date, CBC News reports. For those counting, that’s less than three years after she was caged. The parole board says she has hit her statutory release date helped by mondo credit for dead time.

So far it isn’t clear whether or not she has actually been released to a “community-based residential facility.”

CBC News reported that the board said it “has not lost sight of the horrific and violent crimes you, along with your co-accused, committed against the victim; the pain, fear and suffering the victim endured leading up to a cruel and tragic death.”

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The board added: “During most of your sentence you have demonstrated poor institutional behaviour, have been described as manipulative, using intimidation, aggressive against staff as well as other inmates and have incited violence against other inmates.”


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But lately, our heroine has shown signs she has “stabilized.” Further education in the “canine field,” a job and support from her family and fiancee should do the trick. The board noted that some facilities refused to take Shephard.

As for the two places that would take her in, cops there were “not supportive.”

In 2022, Shephard was pegged as a “moderate” risk to reoffend. A friend of mine familiar with the killer and the crime calls Shephard “a psycho” who “will kill again.”

On Inmates Connect, Shephard wrote in her profile she has “a positive attitude” and is “humble and easy to get along with.”

Pass us the dice.

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