Michael Wayne McGray Pleads Guilty

VANCOUVER — One of Canada’s most notorious serial killers, who once vowed prison wasn’t going to stop him from killing, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and was sentenced to his seventh life term.

Michael Wayne McGray, age 47, pleaded guilty to killing his 33-year-old cell mate, Jeremy Phillips, at Mountain Institution on Nov. 22, 2010.

He was sentenced again to life without parole for 25 years. He was serving time for six previous murders.

The other 6 life terms did not teach him a lesson but I guess that seven is the magic number? I am sure that he will learn his lesson now.

The Correctional Service of Canada has never explained why McGray was moved into the medium-security Mountain institution, located in Agassiz east of Vancouver, and was double-bunked with the latest murder victim.

There is no reasonable excuse for moving a ‘person’ like McGray to a medium-secutiry prison. They screwed up. Plain and simple.

McGray once admitted to killing 16 people.

He said during an interview with the National Post a decade ago that he could kill again, even while in prison.

“Just because I’m locked up in segregation doesn’t mean I can’t kill somebody,” he said while in prison in Renous, N.B.

“I have a chance every day.”

During that interview, McGray described killing as “almost a hunger. It’s something I need. I have to have that physical release. When I kill, it’s a big high for me.”

Many serial killers speak about the “high” and or the “God Like feeling that they get from killing.

McGray is right, he has chances all the time to kill. Prison staff, contractors, visitors and other prisoners (as he has proven). There is no way to safely house a monster.

Convicted of six murders, McGray was moved from prison to prison until he wound up at the medium-security Mountain institution.

According to federal corrections and court documents, Phillips was a career criminal serving a six-year sentence for aggravated assault. He reportedly attacked a man with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull, after a soured drug deal in March 2006.

The assault occurred in Moncton, N.B., a few blocks from where McGray stabbed to death Joan Hicks-Sparks, 48, and murdered her daughter Nina, 11, in 1998.

In October, 1999, while awaiting trial for those murders, McGray was charged with the 1991 murders of two Montreal men, Robert Assaly and Gaetan Ethier.

He had been on a weekend pass from a Montreal prison and was bent on murdering homosexual men. He stabbed both victims to death.


Police investigating other cold murder cases in Canada began looking at McGray as a possible suspect.

In January 2000, McGray was charged with a fourth slaying, the second-degree murder of Mark Gibbons.

The victim had been McGray’s accomplice while robbing a Saint John, N.B., taxi driver in 1987. Hours after the robbery, McGray fatally stabbed Gibbons.

McGray also pleaded guilty to the murder of a 17-year-old hitchhiker, Elizabeth Gale Tucker, whose decomposed body was found in a Digby County, N.S., field in 1985. He was handed his sixth life sentence.

His seven life sentences are being served concurrently.

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Believe it or not he still has a chance of being released one day!

McGray will be 72-years-old before he will be permitted to apply for parole. His earlier convictions were for a series of murders committed in New Brunswick and Montreal.

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Why would he ever be allowed to apply for parole? He has been released on parole before and killed while out. Why would anyone ever consider trying it again?

Some might disagree with me but if there was ever a ‘man’ that deserved a death sentence McGray is him.

  1. And…

    Inquiry called into cell murder
    By Graeme Hamilton, National Post; With Files From Tyler Olsen December 1, 2011 Two days after a notorious serial killer pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of his Mountain Institution cellmate, Jeremy Phillips, the BC Coroners Service has announced it will hold a public inquest into the 33-year-old man’s death.

    Phillips was found dead in his cell at Agassiz Correctional facility on the morning of Nov. 22. McGray pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this week and was handed the automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

    Phillips’ parents are suing the Correctional Service of Canada, alleging its staff showed “reckless indifference” and negligence in allowing McGray to share a cell with their son. The Federal Court lawsuit is seeking $11 million in damages.

    During the inquest, Presiding coroner Vincent Stancato and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death.”

    Read more: http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/news/Inquiry+called+into+cell+murder/5793877/story.html#ixzz1fQt0wPWc

  2. I’m sitting here shaking my head. I agree, he should be removed from society permanently and his organs donated. What better retribution for that scum, giving life instead of death.

  3. That is an excellent plan Loon!
    What else can be done? What can we do with a ‘person’ like this?

  4. This is horrible! He did exactly what he said he was going to do, and his threats were ignored. I’m glad Phillips’ parents are suing, but there really needs to be something done to make sure this doesn’t ever happen again.
    Personally, I hate to be in favor of the death penalty, but sometimes there just really is no other choice.
    Great blog, I just stumbled across it today, but will be reading from now on. 🙂

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