1994 shooting at the Galeries de la Capitale: the murderer assures that he has changed and asks for parole

1994 shooting at the Galeries de la Capitale: the murderer assures that he has changed and asks for parole
1994 shooting at the Galeries de la Capitale: the murderer assures that he has changed and asks for parole

The author of the robbery which cost the life of a security guard in 1994 at the Galeries de la Capitale insisted Thursday on his “new values” in the hope of obtaining his parole.

“I wanted to be rich and it landed me in prison all my life and I had victims, so I’m not proud of that, except that I work so hard [pour] get out of it legally,” argued Maurice McIntyre at the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) hearing on his request for full parole.

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The 64-year-old murderer, who was incarcerated for 28 years and has been on semi-release for more than a year and a half, explained that he wants to move in with his partner.

With graying and thinning hair, the talkative man claimed to have taken charge of himself during his incarceration by participating in programs while reiterating his “immense regret”.

“Sad”

“It’s sad because this gentleman did not deserve to die and I have no excuse, I have no reason to have killed him,” said the offender who was accompanied by his wife and ‘a lawyer.

According to the official version, McIntyre and an accomplice attacked two security guards outside the of branch in 1994. A shootout broke out and agent Alain Labrie, 35, was fatally shot. An amount of $767,000 was stolen and was never found, specifies a CLCC document.

“I was afraid for my life […] because we were both armed and it degenerated,” says the sixty-year-old sentenced in 1998 to life in prison without possible release for 25 years for first degree murder.

His diligence in his job as a welder for the past year reflects his “new values,” he said, congratulating himself on having “never returned to [ses] criminal values” since he obtained semi-release in September 2022.

Favorable recommendation

Correctional Service of Canada recommends granting parole under two conditions, namely not communicating with a person involved in criminal activity and providing financial information.

“Mr displays a great openness towards the intervention and a great determination to succeed in his social reintegration” although “certain clashes have occurred in the past in connection with his attitude”, recounted the parole officer.

The two commissioners responsible for deciding McIntyre’s fate took everything under advisement after questioning him at length about his understanding of the offenses and his progress or even his ability to manage his emotions.

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