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Cran applies for parole

Ryan Cran, who is serving a six-year manslaughter sentence for his part in the brutal killing of Aaron Webster, has applied for full and day parole.

Cran will become eligible for full parole on Feb 8. Webster’s family received notification of his application Jan 4, they can make submissions to the parole board Mar 1, and a hearing is scheduled for April.

In November of 2001, Cran and several others chased the naked Webster from Lees Trail to the parking lot near the Second Beach wading pool while beating him with a variety of blunt instruments. Webster died at the scene in a friend’s arms.

Danny Rao was acquitted in the case while two youths who pleaded guilty of manslaughter were each sentenced to two years in prison and one year of open custody. They are now both living with their families somewhere in the Lower Mainland as they complete their sentences.

Webster’s family had hoped that, with Cran’s avenues for appeal at a dead end, the case was finally over and done with.

But Webster’s cousin, Fred Norman says the parole issue just re-opens the sores.

“No surprises there,” he says. “The system’s for the criminals. They get away with murder.”