Friday, January 15, 2016

Guy Turcotte sentenced to 17 years behind bars

Guy Turcotte
A Quebec man found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his two children will have to spend 17 years behind bars before becoming eligible to seek parole. Guy Turcotte was found guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in December in the 2009 stabbing deaths of his two children, Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent ruled Friday that Turcotte must serve at least 17 years before being allowed to apply for release.

Guy Turcotte
Last December's verdict came at the end of a second trial ordered by the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2013, overturning a not criminally responsible verdict in 2011. Turcotte, 43, could get credit for 44 months served in detention following his 2009 arrest and after his first trial held in 2011.

He spent 27 months in custody awaiting his trial and another 17 months at a Montreal psychiatric hospital after the first verdict.