After 29 years in detention, still too dangerous to be released

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After 29 years in detention, still too dangerous to be released

Robert Leblanc will be able to address the Commission of parole in January 2025.

Assassin and sexual predator Robert Leblanc, detained since 1994, failed this week in his attempt to obtain parole. This is the second time since 2020 that the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) has refused to release him.

Robert Leblanc is now 65 years old. He does not have an imposing stature, but this man murdered, in 1992, with great violence, a 22-year-old student, Chantal Brochu, whom he had noticed in the bar of the University of Montreal, Le Clandestin.

After following her, he attacked and dragged her to the back of the Saint-Germain church in Outremont, where he brutally raped her before kill and abandon him.

Mr. Leblanc was arrested two years later while being held for other crimes of sexual assault. In prison, he confided in a fellow prisoner who alerted the authorities.

The assassin and sexual predator Robert Leblanc (file photo)

Convicted after a murder trial in 1996, he was sentenced to life in prison, but due to his predatory profile and extensive history of sex crimes, the Crown (then represented by Me France Charbonneau, who has since become a judge) obtained that he be declared a dangerous offender.

He was then the second individual in Quebec to inherit this label.

The hearing before the PBC was held Monday morning, by videoconference. Accompanied by his lawyer and his parole officer, Robert Leblanc explained to the two commissioners that he understood that he was considered a dangerous man, but that after 29 years in detention, he had changed a lot.

He repeatedly said that, for him, it was in the past. I have changed, I have the right like everyone else to have a second chance, he told the marshals. I know it's a big responsibility, but if you don't try it, you won't know.

The victim, Chantal Brochu (file photo)

The Commission pointed out that all the professionals who evaluated him, although they recognized his progress, concluded that due to the severity of his problems, it is premature to consider day parole.

Robert Leblanc said he disagrees with this conclusion because professionals always go back to the past.

The two commissioners pointed out to him that he had spent most of his life in prison and that he knows very little about life in the community, in a society that has changed a lot over the past 30 years.

The case management team that oversees Robert Leblanc advocates an extremely gradual approach that could begin with a transition to a minimum security penitentiary.

This approach would make it possible to assess whether Robert Leblanc is capable of functioning in this context, before considering escorted leave.

The inmate has admitted that this is a reasonable approach.

Robert Leblanc may s& #x27;send again to the Parole Board in January 2025.

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