Conditional release: a 9th refusal for Gilles Pimparé

In prison for nearly 50 years, the murderer Gilles Pimparé saw his request for release being refused for the ninth time.

Pimparé had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a double murder committed in 1979.

The now 68-year-old criminal was not asking for full release, but rather escorted releases or day parole. The Parole Board of Canada (PBC), however, has closed the door until at least 2027.

In his case, all the decisions rendered to date have been negative. His breathlessness in the face of incarceration is obvious, but his journey is embryonic, say the authorities.

Since 1973

Pimparé also repeated to the Commission that he has been imprisoned for almost five decades and that he is motivated to succeed in social reintegration. After an initial stint behind bars in 1973, he received a four-year sentence in 1975. Despite an escape in 1978, he was automatically released in 1979.

From June to July 1979, in the company of an accomplice and at knifepoint and gunpoint, Pimparé attacked at least nine people in order to rob them.

In July 1979, in a crime that horrified all of Quebec, Gilles Pimparé and his accomplice, armed with a knife and a gun, took turns raping 15-year-old Chantale Dupont before murdering her. . They also killed his friend, 14-year-old Maurice Marcil.

The teenagers were strangled with a rope and their bodies were thrown from the top of the Jacques-Cartier bridge.

Recently, Marcil’s mother again stressed that the two helpless victims did not want to die.


“Most of the offenses were perpetrated while you had benefited from releases, which ended in relapses, followed by criminal recidivism. Your surveillance history is not very good, like your criminality,” write the commissioners in their decision.

At the end of its analysis, the Commission retains early, persistent and serious criminality, with an additional sadistic component.

The Commission cannot therefore attest to observable and measurable progress which would be such as to reduce the risk it represents. Therefore, the risk is always unacceptable to society.

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