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Const. Joe MacDonald killer denied temporary absence from jail

Peter Pennett wanted to collect rocks for a sweat lodge ceremony
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Peter Pennett, one of two men convicted in the murder of Const. Joe MacDonald in 1993, was denied an escorted temporary absence from jail. (File)

Peter Pennett, one of two men convicted in the murder of Const. Joe MacDonald in 1993, was denied an escorted temporary absence from jail.

Media outlets report a parole board hearing was held Sept. 13 at the Beavercreek Institution in Gravenhurst. Pennett was seeking an escorted temporary absence to go rock picking for a sweat lodge ceremony, according to reports.

In denying his request, the parole board said they feel Pennett continues to minimize and deflect his role in MacDonald's murder.

MacDonald was beaten, pistol whipped and shot to death on October 7, 1993. He was 29-years-old.

Also convicted in the killing was Clinton Suzack. Both men were sentenced to life without parole for 25 years.