Quebec man behind brutal 1996 murder postpones parole hearing for second time

Marcel Blanchette was on probation when he raped and murdered Isabelle Bolduc, 22, in Sherbrooke.

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Marcel Blanchette, the man behind the brutal rape and murder of a young woman in Sherbrooke that shocked Quebec in 1996, canceled a hearing before the Canadian Parole Board for the second time.

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Blanchette, 74, is serving a life sentence for her leading role in the murder of Isabelle Bolduc, a 22-year-old student who was abducted from a Sherbrooke street in late June 1996. Blanchette and the man who abducted her, Jean- Paul Bainbridge, now 51, repeatedly raped Bolduc in Blanchette’s apartment before she was taken to a wooded area and killed.

Bolduc’s body was discovered a week later.

The murder shocked the province, in part because Blanchette and Guy Labonté, a man who was present while Bolduc was raped and when she was killed, were on probation when the crimes were committed. Blanchette was serving a 32-year sentence when he killed Bolduc and violated his probation several times before being released in 1995.

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