The young man accused Friday of participating in the murder of a bullet-ridden Mafia relative in his BMW in broad daylight in Montreal on Thursday reportedly drove the gunman.
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Andrew Thomas Labrèche was charged with the first degree murder of Frantz Louis on Friday afternoon at the Montreal courthouse.
The 23-year-old, who works for a courier service and lives with his mother in the borough of LaSalle, seemed worried for her during the brief hearing.
“I’ll call your mom and let her know [de la situation] Insisted his lawyer, Tom Pentefountas.
Even though he wasn’t the one who shot the criminal the day before, he was still charged with premeditated murder, as he was identified as the driver who allowed the gunman to escape.
It is in his Subaru Legacy registered in his name that the former football player of the Cavaliers of Champlain College in Saint-Lambert would have gone to Fabre Street, in the Villeray district, in Montreal, Thursday morning.
At approximately 8:20 am, while several area residents were outside, Frantz Louis, 49, was the target of at least five projectiles that pierced the driver’s side window of his luxury car.
The resident of Blainville, on the North Shore, died shortly after, in front of the home of one of his relatives.
Father of three children, including a young girl, Frantz Louis was known to authorities to be linked to the Mafia, including having been charged in July in an extortion case.
On the spot, the City of Montreal police met several witnesses. This is how she allegedly learned that the gunman had quickly fled in a black vehicle driven by a third party. And the license plate was visible.
Its owner was already known to the authorities. Searches were carried out at his mother’s home and in the car.
As he is charged with the most serious offense under the Criminal Code, Labrèche will remain in detention until further notice. If he wishes to be released on bail, it will be up to him to request it.
If he is found guilty, he will automatically be sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole until he has served 25 years in prison.
An investigation is underway to identify the other accomplice (s) in the murder.