Family decimated in Beauport: driver Éric Légaré sentenced to 16 years in prison

The man who decimated a family while driving at full speed on the Dufferin-Montmorency highway, Éric Légaré, received 16 years in prison, a sentence of unprecedented severity in Quebec.

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After reading a decision in which Judge Jean-Louis Lemay recalled the sequence of events which, on September 2, 2021, led to the death of Emma Lemieux, 10, of her brother Jackson, 14, of their mother Shellie Fletcher-Lemieux, 44, and their grandfather James Fletcher, 68, a 16-year prison sentence was imposed on Éric Légaré.


Eric Legare

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Eric Legare

Jackson’s father, Daniel Fortin, who had a 15-year sentence in mind, said he was “relieved” by the judge’s decision. “It’s still a little balm, a little bandage on my wounds, it’s a very strong message for the population,” reacted hotly Mr. Fortin.

This is the crime “having the highest subjective gravity in Quebec,” said the judge to explain his harsh decision. This means that the 44-year-old man received an exemplary sentence, the most serious ever imposed in the history of Quebec for this type of cause.

In 2017, repeat driver Yves Martin received a 14-year prison sentence for the death of a couple and their 4-year-old boy. A life sentence was imposed in 2009 on Roger Walsh, who killed a Valleyfield woman after 18 repeated drunk driving offenses.

Driving ban

In addition to his 16-year prison sentence, the judge imposed on Légaré a total driving ban of 25 years and 15 days effective today. Due to his preventive detention, he has 15 years and 15 days left to serve from today.

About fifty relatives were present in the courtroom to hear Judge Lemay’s decision. Neither Emma’s father nor Shellie’s partner were present, but Jackson’s father, Daniel Fortin, was on hand.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of 18 to 20 years in prison. The defense had asked for 10 years in prison. Légaré’s lawyer has already indicated that there will be no appeal in this case.

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