In accordance with the Nova Scotia Release of High Risk Offender Information Protocol, Halifax Regional Police is advising all citizens, particularly those in the Halifax Regional Municipality, that a high risk offender is residing in our community.
Melissa Ann Shephard, 80, was released from the Nova Institution for Woman today, after completing a sentence for serious assaults against her intimate partners, including administering noxious things and not providing the necessities of life for which she was sentenced in June 2013. Shephard has a history of violent criminal convictions dating back to 1992 that includes a conviction for manslaughter. Shephard has been assessed as being a high risk to re-offend. Her victims have included her intimate partners consisting of elderly men.
Shephard will be on a recognizance and will be required to follow a multitude of strict conditions, some of which include:
- should she alter her appearance, she shall upon a demand by a police/peace officer, submit to having her current photograph taken
- she shall not access the internet or be in the possession of, any device that is capable of accessing the internet
- she shall make no attempt to communicate, directly or indirectly with any of her past victims or family members of the victims in the case in which she was convicted
- she is not to enter into any romantic relationship, cohabitation, common-law relationship, or marriage until that person has been identified by a member of the police agency where she resides and there has been a reasonable opportunity provided to the said police agency to inform them of her history in these and other legal proceedings.
Shephard is an 80-year-old white woman, 5’5”, 181 lbs, with white hair and hazel eyes.
Source: Media Release