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Monday, February 26, 2024

Crown seeks 20-year verdict for Quebec City driver who murdered four people


Key takeaways: 

  • Éric Légaré killed brother and sister, their mom and grandfather when he staggered into three stopped cars.
  • Éric Légaré, 43, claimed condemnable to 19 charges connected to impaired driving after this crash on the Dufferin-Montmorency highway in Beauport, Que., on Sept. 2, 2021.
  • He faces up to 20 years in jail.

Eric Legare senteced 20 years in jail: 

A Quebec Crown prosecutor states the Quebec City man who claimed condemnable to 19 charges connected to a crash that killed two children and two adults on Sept. 2, 2021, should serve 18 to 20 years in jail.

Quebec court Judge Jean-Louis Lemay headed over two days of sentencing hearings at the Quebec City courthouse. Thirty of the victims’ relatives attended, some providing written impact statements and others testifying in person.

Emma Lemieux, 10, her half-brother Jackson Fortin, 14, their mom, Shellie Fletcher-Lemieux, 44, and grandfather, James Fletcher, 68, all died of wounds sustained in the collision.

On Tuesday, Emma and Jackson’s dads detailed how their lives have been turned upside down.

Jean-Dominic Lemieux, Emma’s father and Shellie Fletcher-Lemieux’s husband of nine years, said learning of the crash was his “worst nightmare.”

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Quebec City driver killed four people

Lemieux said he sold the home where he stayed with his wife and the two kids because he couldn’t bear staying there alone.

“Suddenly, you wake up, and it’s total silence in the house,” he stated. “There’s no one around anymore.”

Jackson’s dad, Daniel Fortin, explained his son as a teenager who got people together.

“He didn’t have many friends: everyone was his friend,” Fortin stated.

Fortin and Lemieux both remembered heartbreaking decisions in the hospital when doctors walked them through the procedure of contributing their kids’ organs. The men said Emma and Jackson each rescued five lives.

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