The current outbreak at Port-Cartier Institution, which La Presse says is responsible for 40% of the COVID-19 cases in the North Shore of Quebec, is worrying many inmates and their families. This is where Luka Magnotta, who the docuseries Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer was based on, is currently facing his life sentence. In light of the outbreak, Magnotta's mother is calling for his release, stating that "she's deathly afraid he'll contract the novel coronavirus and die behind bars," TMZ reports.
According to Anna Yourkin, Magnotta's mother, the fact that he remains in prison is "tantamount to a death sentence with COVID-19 spreading within the prison," which is why she is currently advocating for his early release.
The man had been sentenced to life in prison in 2014, after being convicted of first-degree murder.
Although his mother is convinced that her son has been rehabilitated and is ready to return to society, it seems that she is going to have to wait a little longer before she can possibly hug him again.
The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) says that no one will be released prematurely and that the situation is currently under control at Port-Cartier Institution, according to the media outlet Ma Côte-Nord.
'Don't F**k With Cats' Convict Luka Magnotta Won't Get COVID-19 Release https://t.co/FVDU2wAiQs— TMZ (@TMZ)1589442423.0
As TMZ puts it, "the Correctional Service of Canada -- which oversees all prisons -- says Luka is NOT getting an early release due to coronavirus concerns."
North Shore public health specialist Dr. Richard Fachehoun confirms that there have been no new cases for more than two weeks and that all have been cured.
Last December, the docuseries Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer was released on Netflix, which told the story and background behind the investigation into the case of Lin Jun's killer.
One of the highlights was Anna Yourkin's insistence that her son was potentially innocent and that people weren't looking in the right direction.
"If you really want to play investigator, look further. Because right now you're looking at the wrong person. Someone else is in charge." (episode 3, 3 minutes)
"It's not Luka we need to investigate, it's whoever's pulling the strings." (Episode 3, 15 minutes)
But, it seems the police don't think the same way as Yourkin...
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.