Frederick Gingras, who killed two people and injured three others in December 2016, was sentenced to 19 years in prison on Friday. The 23-year-old man, suffering from schizophrenia, will be held in a specialized psychiatric hospital. He has been declared a high-risk offender.
After discussions between lawyers on both sides, Frederick Gingras pleaded guilty on March 14 to two reduced charges of manslaughter for the murders of James Jardin and Chantal Cyr. He had also pleaded guilty to an attempted murder on Samuel Labine.
With respect to the other two counts, the attempted murder of Annie Baillargeon and Gerard Lalonde, the parties requested that Gingras be found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder and declared a high risk, which the judge granted. The Crown and the defense agreed to ask for 19 years in prison.
An emotional audience
In the box of the defendants, the young man sometimes held his head bent against his knees, other times, stood up from the height of his strong stature, without showing any emotion. In the room, members of her family and victims, visibly moved, listened to the judge France Charbonneau describe the fateful day of December 4.
During a murderous trip, Frederick Gingras first killed a man who lodged him, James Jardin, before attacking complete strangers.
If there was no trial, the victims and their relatives had the opportunity to testify at the sentencing submissions. Recalling the testimony of Carolanne Cyr-Vanier and the guilt she feels at the murder of her mother, who was waiting for her at the end of her shift, the judge had to take a short break, visibly moved.
Ms. Cyr’s spouse, Denis Vanier, spoke to the media after the hearing. He reiterated his request for a public inquiry. “What was he doing outside? Now, it is really up to the Minister of Justice and Mr. Legault to give us some answers, “he said, adding that there are” people who are as guilty as Mr. Gingras, because he was outside. ”
Mr. Vanier was referring to the well-documented antecedents of Frederick Gingras. The young man was hospitalized in child psychiatry since childhood. His drug use exacerbated his psychotic disorders and his violence. He had several stays in a psychiatric hospital.
Frederick Gingras’s aunt, Caroline Morin, wanted to address the court after the hearing, which she was denied. She explained that she wanted to speak to Chantal Cyr’s daughter to express her empathy for her guilt.
“For two and a half years I wanted to take the place of [Carolanne Cyr-Vanier’s] mother and James [Garden],” she said. She said she was the one who drove her nephew to the metro on December 4, 2016.
Given the time spent in pretrial detention, Mr. Gingras’ sentence totals 15.5 years. Judge France Charbonneau ordered that he serve at least half of his sentence before he could apply to the Parole Board.
Frederick Gingras will have to return to a Superior Court judge to lose the label of high-risk offender. As long as he is considered a risk to society, he will remain detained, even after the end of his sentence.
“There is a sentence of incarceration, but because of the verdict of non-liability because of mental disorder, we add a provision of the Code that allows declaring certain people who are called high-risk offenders. Under this provision, the period during which gentleman is a high risk offender, he must remain in a psychiatric correctional facility, “explained M e Caroline Perreault, Crown Attorney.
“With an outcome like the one we got, we make sure that the gentleman will be able to benefit from the best care, that he will be in a recognized psychiatric institute rather than in prison,” said the lawyer.