Convicted murderer recaptured after escaping from minimum-security B.C. prison

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      A man who was serving time for murdering two children is back in jail after escaping from a Fraser Valley institution.

      On September 2, the Correctional Service of Canada announced that at 7 p.m. on September 1, Michael Douglas Sheets was missing during an inmate check-in at the minimum-security Mission Institution and a warrant for his arrest was issued by Mission RCMP.

      He had been convicted of killing two children in a firebombing that took place in Calgary in November 2004. The mother of the children was also injured. He was also convicted of arson and other offences and was serving a sentence of 14 years and six months.

      In the evening on September 3, Saanich Police on Vancouver Island were informed that Sheets was possibly in Saanich, B.C. Police confirmed that he was hiding in an outbuilding in the 5800 block of Old East Road in Saanich.

      At around 5:20 a.m. today (September 4), Sannich Police and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team located and arrested Sheets without incident.

      He will be transferred to the custody of Correctional Services Canada.

      Sheets had previously escaped from the William Head Institution in Metchosin on Vancouver Island in 2015 but was arrested shortly thereafter in Victoria.

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