Prison sentence of more than 12 years for Raymond Têtu

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Prison sentence of more than 12 years for Raymond Têtu

The judge of the Court of Quebec said that she considered the seriousness of the charges of the native of Val-des-Monts as well as his criminal record. (File photo)

Raymond Têtu will have to serve a sentence of more than 12 years in prison, judge Alexandra Marcil ruled in a decision handed down Monday at the Gatineau courthouse. Taking into account his pre-trial detention, he has just over nine years left behind bars.

Dressed in a polo shirt, Raymond Têtu remained impassive during the reading of the long judge's decision, sometimes looking at her, sometimes looking at the ground. One of his two lawyers, Me Nader Fakih, said his client was discouraged, but calm, and that he intended to appeal the decision.

The judge of the Court of Quebec said to have considered the seriousness of the charges of the native of Val-des-Monts as well as his criminal record. In the past, he has been the subject of around ten convictions, mainly for narcotics.

Raymond Têtu has been found guilty of around ten charges against him, including possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of counterfeit money, possession of various drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

An assault rifle seized during an RCMP search of Mr. Têtu's home. (File Photo)

He was also found guilty on two counts of uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm to the premier of the Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Since the beginning of the hearings, in June 2022, Mr. Têtu has also been found guilty of having advised, on Twitter, to shoot at police officers.

Before rendering his decision, Judge Alexandra Marcil raised the significant gap between the two parties. On the one hand, the prosecution was asking for a prison sentence of between 12 and 15 years.

On the other hand, the defense felt that a 40-month sentence was sufficient and that his client deserved additional credit for his time behind bars during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given that Raymond Têtu has been imprisoned at the Hull Detention Facility since January 20, 2021, the judge granted him a credit of one and a half days for each day of detention already served.

In other words, he spent 547 days behind bars, so the court subtracted 1,120 days, or just over three years. He therefore has 3,425 days left to serve, the equivalent of just over nine years.

This Thompson submachine gun was seized from Raymond Têtu. (File photo)

Mr. Têtu's lawyers, Me Nour Benouhoud and Me Nader Fakih, tried to obtain credit for his pre-trial detention by asking the judge to take into account the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on his client, who spent a total of 35 days in quarantine.

The public prosecutor, represented by Me Geneviève Robitaille and Me Erik Cookson-Montin, replied that the impacts of the pandemic on Mr. Têtu are not not clearly demonstrated.

The judge acknowledged that the conditions of the accused's detention were not optimal, but not so severe as to be a significant factor.

Having COVID is no longer an exceptional circumstance, she replied, adding that the majority of Quebecers have contracted the virus on at least one occasion.

Raymond Têtu was found guilty of possession of counterfeit money. (File photo)

Raymond Têtu was arrested in January 2021 following an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The first RCMP search led to the seizure of various types of firearms and prohibited devices. The police had also found counterfeit American banknotes as well as drugs.

Then, during a second search of another residence, an assault rifle, a pistol gunner Thompson and four silencers were found.

  • September 12, 2022: Threats against Trudeau: Raymond Têtu expected on October 11
  • August 6, 2021: No release for Raymond Têtu, from Val-des-Monts
  • May 7, 2021: A second search on Fogarty Road in Val-des-Monts

With information from Camille Kasisi-Monet