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.
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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 crime. In 2017, repeat driver Yves Martin received a 14-year prison sentence for the death of a couple and their 4-year-old boy.
This is the crime “having the highest subjective gravity in Quebec,” said the judge to explain his harsh decision.
About fifty relatives were present in the courtroom to hear Judge Lemay’s decision. Emma’s father and Shellie’s partner were not 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, and the families were hoping for at least 15 years to “be at peace”.