August hearing for Danton

ROB TRIPP, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

KINGSTON -- Mike Danton, the former pro hockey player imprisoned in a murder-for-hire plot, could win release in roughly two months.

The National Parole Board has scheduled a hearing for Danton for Aug. 28.

Late last month, the Kingston Whig-Standard revealed that Danton, 28, had been transferred to minimum-security Pittsburgh Institution in Kingston, a move that is part of a process of preparing him for release.

Danton was transferred to Canada on March 19 to complete his sentence, after he had served a little more than four years in prison in the United States.

The Brampton native was playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League when he was sentenced in November 2004 to 7 1/2 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty to offering a hitman $10,000 to kill David Frost, his former junior hockey coach, mentor and player agent. Frost lives in Battersea.

Danton's U.S. sentence translated into a six-year, two-month, two-week sentence in Canada for conspiracy to commit murder.

He was eligible to seek full parole as soon as he arrived in Canada. Corrections and parole authorities said it would take months to assemble documents and conduct assessments necessary before he could be considered for parole.


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