A man who killed his wife and an elder from whom he has stolen the car to escape with a child of 6 years, resulting in the longest Amber alert in Quebec, should it be hit from the heaviest minimum sentence ever imposed in the province ? It is one of the issues that will be addressed this morning, on the return to court of Ugo Fredette.
The palace of justice found their stride as of Monday, as announced by the minister Sonia Lebel the last week.
In the district of Terrebonne, activities will resume with submissions on sentencing in a folder that had greatly engaged the attention last fall, at the palais de justice in Saint-Jérôme.
A week-long hearing is scheduled before the superior Court judge Myriam Lachance, who will have to determine how much time the killer Ugo Fredette will have to spend behind bars before being eligible for parole.
The man, 44-year-old was convicted of two murders premeditated in October last, at the end of a jury trial.
The killings were committed on the same day, the 14th of September 2017, respectively, in a home in Saint-Eustache and in a roadside rest of Lachute in the Laurentians.
Fredette was first murdered his wife, Veronica Beard, before fleeing with a boy of 6 years who was on the scene.
In his mare, he took away the life of Yvon Lacasse, a senior of 71 years, crossed by chance, and steal his vehicle and continue his journey incognito.
The 41 year old woman was stabbed 17 times, while the seventy-year-old has been beaten to death.
Life in Prison
Guilty of the crime in the most serious of the criminal Code, the killer was automatically sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole before 25 years of age.
To Me, Steve Baribeau, of the Crown, has, however, asked the magistrate to double the minimum period of detention because Fredette has made two victims with no link between them.
If the judge Lachance gives him reason, at the end of the testimonies and arguments that will be heard this week, it will impose the heaviest sentence ever given in Quebec.
The forty-something woman, therefore, could not leave the penitentiary before the age of 91 years.
The defence, represented by mr. Louis-Alexandre Martin, will attempt to convince the magistrate that the accumulation of minimum sentences, possible in Canada since 2011, is unconstitutional.
To this day, it is the killer of the mosque of Quebec, Alexandre Bissonnette, who is serving the longest minimum sentence imposed on a murderer, or 40 years.