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Man convicted in Louise Russo shooting to be released: report

One of the men involved in the botched robbery at a Downsview sandwich shop that left Toronto mother Louise Russo paralyzed is expected to be released this week from prison.

Roughly nine years ago, Russo, a mother of three, was the unintended victim of a shooting while buying her daughter a sandwich at a plaza near Sheppard Avenue West and Allen Road.

A bullet shattered the 45-year-old’s spine and left her paralyzed on April 21, 2004. She now works as an anti-violence advocate.

The Toronto Star reports that Antonio “Jelly” Borrelli — who is serving 10 years for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and firearms charges for his role in the shooting robbery – is due for statutory release this week.

According to the Parole Board of Canada, most federal inmates are automatically released after serving two-thirds of their sentence if they have not already been released on parole.

Borrelli was sentenced in 2006. In total, four men, including Borrelli, were sent to jail for their roles in the shooting.

Paris Christoforou, Mark Peretz and Peter Scarcella were granted statutory release earlier this year, The Star reports. Peretz’s statutory release has since been revoked after being re-arrested for breaching various conditions of his release.