A convicted murderer and torturer should be treated the same as any other student if she is granted parole in time to attend Mount Royal College this fall, says the student association president.

The National Parole Board will soon hold a hearing for Yvonne Johnson, currently on day parole and seeking full parole for her part in the rape, torture and slaying of Leonard (Chuck) Skwarok in a basement in Wetaskiwin, Alta., in 1989.

According to the Canadian Press, the 47-year-old, who was convicted of first-degree murder, has been accepted as a student for the fall semester of Mount Royal College and is aiming to get an early release from her 25-year sentence under the Criminal Code of Canada’s faint hope clause.

But student association president Travis McIntosh said he has no concerns if a rehabilitated Johnson wants to join the student body.

“I applaud her going back to school after so many years,” he said.

“There are a number of people that have visible and invisible things in their past and her case, her life has been very transparent.”

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