(St. Jerome) Guy Turcotte will have to serve 17 years in prison before being eligible for parole. That is the decision the Justice André Vincent made this morning in St. Jerome with regard to the one who was convicted of unpremeditated murder of his two children.
At the end of his second trial, on December 6, Mr. Turcotte was convicted of unpremeditated murder of Olivier, five, and Anne-Sophie, three years, killed by stabbing 20 February 2009. The jury n has not acceded to the NCR thesis submitted by the defense.
Mr. Turcotte automatically gets life in prison for these crimes. Except that the second degree murders give the possibility to apply for parole early. The farm holding period may not, however, be less than ten years. The jury delivered the verdicts on Mr. Turcotte place could make a recommendation on the minimum period of detention, but he preferred to abstain. The Crown prosecutor René Verret for his part suggested 20 years of mandatory detention, while Mr. Pierre Poupart, defending, suggested under fifteen, closer to ten. It is up to the judge to decide.
Mr. Turcotte will be credited the time he has spent in custody since his arrest on 21 February 2009. This period was interspersed with periods of freedom, between his trial.
After his first trial, July 5, 2011, Mr. Turcotte was found not criminally responsible for the murders of her children, on account of mental disorder. He was detained at the Philippe Pinel Institute thereafter until his release in December 2012. However, it was returned to prison in November 2013, when the Court of Appeal ordered that he undergo a new court case. He remained in prison about ten months before obtaining his release on bail in September 2014. Throughout his second trial, Mr. Turcotte was released. He was detained on the spot at the time of the verdict.
Mr. Turcotte is appealing the verdict rendered by the jury. In the notice of appeal, Mr. Pierre Poupart falls three points which he believes are errors in the instructions that the judge Vincent to the jury. For a matter of logistics, the notice of appeal was signed by Mr. Felix R. Larose, who was an intern in the office of lawyers Poupart, Dadour, Touma and associates, before being admitted to the bar in December. Mr. Larose assisted the defense in the second trial of Mr. Turcotte.