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Death of an inmate from Warkworth Institution – Eric Amaral

On February 27, 2023, Eric Amaral, age 36, died while in custody at the Warkworth Institution,

Eric Amaral

At the time of death, the inmate had been serving an indeterminate sentence, which began on April 6, 2017, for offences including second degree murder, assault causing bodily harm, and pointing a firearm.

He previously plead guilty to second-degree murder, for the killing of 60-year-old Michael Gibbon with a crossbow in 2015.

Michael Gibbon

The two were not known to eachother. Amaral saw Gibbon out for his morning walk, when he shot Gibbon in “a random and unprovoked killing.”

The inmate’s next of kin have been notified.

As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified.

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