Family decimated in Beauport: the driver sentenced to 16 years in prison

Éric Légaré, who killed 4 people in Beauport while driving impaired, is sentenced to 16 years in prison.

On September 2, he crashed into the back of James Fletcher’s vehicle, 68, who was waiting at a red light on the Dufferin-Montmorency highway.

His grandchildren Emma Lemieux, 10, and Jackson Fortin, 14, were in the back seat.

Their mother, Shellie Fletcher-Lemieux, 44, also perished.

Judge Jean-Louis Lemay insisted on the importance of denouncing such a crime in order to impose one of the heaviest sentences ever handed down in Quebec for such an offence.

The prosecution was asking for a sentence of 18 to 20 years, while the defense had suggested that 10 years in prison would be appropriate in the circumstances.

The defense has already indicated that the decision will not be appealed.

More details to come

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