Ian Lindsay / Postmedia News Kelly Ellard in 2002.

A two-member panel on the Parole Board of Canada has granted conditional day parole, for six months, to convicted killer Kelly Ellard.

Ellard must first complete a residential treatment program for substance abuse. She will be sent to a halfway house to successfully complete the program.

The 35-year-old has spent about 15 years behind bars, after she was convicted of second-degree murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk in 2005, following three lengthy trials.

On November 14th, 1997, a group of teens viciously beat and drowned Virk under the Craigflower bridge.

Ellard was granted temporary escorted absences in February to go to parenting programs and doctor’s appointments, with the baby she had conceived while in prison.

This month, 20 years will have passed, since of one of Vancouver Island’s most tragic and widely publicized crimes.

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