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Jacques Delisle released after being arrested ; convicted of manslaughter

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Former judge Jacques Delisle regained his freedom after a few hours of detention.

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Ex-judge Jacques Delisle admitted his guilt to a charge of manslaughter, Thursday morning, at the courthouse from Quebec. He was sentenced to an additional day in jail and released at 3 p.m.

This isn’t the first time you’ve been handcuffed, the correctional officer told him as she led him to the cells. Jacques Delisle had just been unpleasant about being handcuffed after receiving his sentence. The agent had to explain to her that this was the procedure.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">During the hearing, visibly weakened, the 88-year-old man advanced slowly to the witness box to answer questions from Judge Étienne Parent of the Superior Court.

Guilty, the octogenarian said in a firm voice when the judge asked him if he was pleading guilty, or not guilty.

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The prosecution and the defense had just explained at length the facts of the case which concluded with the withdrawal of the charge of first degree murder of his wife Nicole Rainville, who died in their Sillery condo in 2009.

The prosecution argued that the DPCP remains convinced that a new murder trial could still lead to a conviction.

In our opinion, the judicial outcome is in the best interests of justice, however argued Me Francois Godin of the DPCP, emphasizing that the verdict of involuntary manslaughter constituted an admission that Jacques Delisle had caused the death of his wife. .

The case has been going on for 15 years, M. is 88 years old. He wanted to plead guilty to manslaughter. The prospects of completing a 2nd trial appeared utopian to us.

A quote from François Godin, prosecutor for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions

For his part, Me Jacques Larochelle, who represents Jacques Delisle, affirmed that his client had helped the victim to commit suicide by leaving a loaded weapon at his side.

According to him, manslaughter was not the most appropriate charge. The logical conclusion, in my opinion, was: "assisting a suicide". It was article 241 of the criminal code. But since the result is the same, that is to say a day of detention, I did not fight about it.

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Jacques Delisle's lawyer, Maître Jacques Larochelle, spoke at the Quebec courthouse.

Both the defense and the prosecution indicated that they did not agree on the version supported by the opposing party concerning the events.

The conviction of 1st degree murder […] was based on a ballistic theory which completely demolished in front of the minister, so yes, I persist in saying that there was a judicial error in 2012.

A quote from Jacques Larochelle, lawyer for Jacques Delisle

The lawyers agreed to suggest the same sentence, i.e. 8 years and 311 days. This is one day more than the time served by Jacques Delisle, from his conviction for murder to his release following a ministerial judicial review.

This additional day was necessary for administrative reasons, indicated the prosecution and defense lawyers.

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Jacques Delisle at the Quebec courthouse

Jacques Delisle has already finished serving his short sentence in a cell at the Quebec courthouse. He was released at 3 p.m.

He appeared in the courtroom with the bookThe Da Vinci Codein hand, which he wanted to bring during his short detention. This request was refused.

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