Montreal mafia murders: jury acquits Guy Dion but convicts Marie-Josée Viau

Vincenzo and Giuseppe Falduto were killed on June 30, 2016 inside a garage on the couple’s farm in St-Jude by a hit man who became an informant.

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The jury that heard the lengthy trial of the rural town couple who allegedly played a role in the murders of two Montreal brothers convicted Marie-Josée Viau of second-degree murder, but acquitted her husband Guy Dion.

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The jury came out with its verdicts Sunday afternoon after more than a week of deliberations.

They found Marie-Josée Viau, 46, guilty of two counts of second-degree murder for her role in the deaths of brothers Vincenzo and Giuseppe Falduto. She was also found guilty of a related conspiracy charge. She was originally charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Viau’s husband, Guy Dion, 50, was acquitted of all three charges he faced.

The brothers were murdered on June 30, 2016 inside a garage on the couple’s farm in St-Jude, a small town near St-Hyacinthe. The hitman who killed the two brothers decided to become an informant and worked for the Sûreté du Québec in early 2019. He agreed to work with an undercover police officer during the summer of 2019 and the couple was secretly recorded when the informant found out. them to discuss the homicides.

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The informant testified and said he carried out the murders of Salvatore and Andrea (Andrew) Scoppa, two brothers who were the heads of a Montreal mob clan. Both were killed during 2019.

The verdicts indicate that the jury relied heavily on the recordings that were made in 2019, as it was Viau who made the most incriminating statements while it was recorded. For example, she once told the hit man that she was “the mastermind” behind how bodies were disposed of. He boasted that he used a lot of wood and gas to burn the bodies in metal barrels on the farm.

Dion seemed to be protected while it was recorded without his knowledge. In particular, he said very little when the informant introduced them to the undercover police officer. Additionally, there was evidence that the volunteer firefighter was called in to put out a fire in a neighboring town while bodies were being burned on the couple’s farm.

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Other evidence that was directly related to Viau was a long inventory of firearms that she created, in her own handwriting, of various firearms that an alleged accessory to the murders stored in the garage and later transferred to a storage unit. in Laval. The name of the alleged accomplice cannot be published at this time.

Following a request from Superior Court Judge Eric Downs, the jury deliberated some more and recommended that Viau be required to serve at least 10 years before he is eligible for parole. It is the minimum amount of time a person convicted of second degree murder must serve before being eligible for parole. She received an automatic life sentence when convicted of the second degree murder charges.

Downs is not required to agree to the recommendation. The judge scheduled Tuesday as a formality hearing for the next date in the case.

While reviewing future hearings in the case, Viau’s attorney, Mylène Lareau, said her client “is very confused and excited” by the verdict.

“She doesn’t understand anything at the moment. She is very excited, ”Lareau told the judge.

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