Quebec man who ordered killings gets exemplary 35-year sentence

MONTREAL - A Quebec man convicted of ordering two murders and two attempted murders was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday — the minimum length of time he must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 41, was handed consecutive terms following a conviction by a jury last November on four counts: first-degree murder, second-degree murder and two of attempted murder.

The Crown prosecutor in the case said it was the first time consecutive sentences have been imposed in Quebec since laws were changed in December 2011 to allow for them in multiple murder cases.

Hudon-Barbeau is also known for his part in a spectacular helicopter escape from the Saint-Jerome detention centre in March 2013 for which he was sentenced in December to 16 years behind bars.

The Crown showed during the murder trial that Hudon-Barbeau had ordered attacks carried out by hit man Ryan Wolfson in September and October 2012.

Quebec Superior Court Justice France Charbonneau wrote in a 51-page ruling she didn't see any hope of rehabilitation for Hudon-Barbeau.

"The prospect of short-, medium- and even long-term rehabilitation is almost non-existent," Charbonneau wrote. "The risk of reoffending is very significant and there is currently no prognosis of rehabilitation."

Prosecutor Steve Baribeau had been seeking 50 years but said he was satisfied with the sentence, calling Hudon-Barbeau a danger to society who is no longer manageable.

"It's unfortunate because for Mr. Hudon-Barbeau, the prognosis in terms of rehabilitation is very grim," Baribeau said. "He is someone who is extremely dangerous, someone who has trouble controlling himself.

"Society must be protected."

— with files from Cogeco Nouvelles


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