Police Media Releases - Friday, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:18pm
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 Women 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:
Shephard is an 80-year-old white woman, 5’5”, 181 lbs, with white hair and hazel eyes.
This information is provided to alert members of the public of her presence in our community. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated.