A man convicted in the McDonald’s murders will receive more unescorted leaves from prison.

The Cape Breton Post received a copy yesterday of the National Parole Board’s Jan. 18 written decision regarding Darren Muise, 36.

In August, the board approved the first unescorted absence program for Muise. He was granted a leave of 24 hours in the first month and 48 hours in the second month.

The latest decision allows for two 48-hour absences for personal development within the next 60 days, to be spent at his girlfriend’s home, the same program approved for him in December.

The decision states Muise’s risk to society is low and the absences will help his personal development and reintegration into society.

Muise received a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 20 years for the second-degree murder of Neil Burroughs Jr., in the botched robbery in the early morning hours of May 7, 1992 at a Sydney River McDonald’s restaurant. Also killed that night were James Fagan, 27, and Donna Warren, 22.

Freeman MacNeil and Derek Wood were convicted of first-degree murder in the killings. Muise could receive full parole in May 2012. Wood and MacNeil can apply for unescorted temporary absences and day parole in 2014. They can be granted full parole in 2017.

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