‘No amount of time will do,’ Lucas Gaudet’s mother says of sentencing

The teenager pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated assault for fatally stabbing Gaudet near St. Thomas High School in February.

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Lucas Gaudet’s mother says she has mixed emotions after the youngster who killed her son received a five-year sentence in youth court last week.

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The youngster will serve nearly three years in a detention center, followed by two years in the community – a sentence that left Lynne Baudouy craving.

“It’s bittersweet,” she told the Montreal Gazette on Monday. “I don’t agree with that. I would have preferred a longer sentence. But it was either we accepted this sentence, a plea bargain, or we went to trial and risked him getting less time and a lesser sentence.

“What’s the point of being angry, resentful and angry at the whole world when it’s not going to do anything?”

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated assault for fatally stabbing Gaudet Feb. 8 during a melee near St. Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire. Students from three West Island secondary schools were involved in the fight.

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Gaudet, a 16-year-old student from John Rennie High School, died in hospital two days after being stabbed.

Asked if justice had been done in this case, Baudouy replied: “Honestly, no, because five years is nothing. It’s a slap on the wrist.

“I know on the news they said I was fine with it. I’m not. I accept it. What else can I do? But I’m not okay with that.

“No amount of time will ever be enough,” she added.

Baudouy hopes the youngster will understand the seriousness of his crime.

“I think he’s doing it because it’s one of the things I said in my victim impact statement (in court). I really wish he would become a parent so he could understand some of the pain we went through. As parents, we don’t want our children to be hurt. »

The young man had no criminal record. Baudouy thinks this was probably “taken into account in the sentence, and also that he was ready to plead guilty”.

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Baudouy said she and her husband were aware of the plea deal, agreed to by the prosecutor and defense attorney, before sentencing.

“They (asked) us Do you accept this plea bargain? If we had said “No”, we would have been judged. The thing with a trial is that he could have had a lighter sentence. So for him to plead guilty to murdering two is what we originally wanted because that’s the charge he received.

The convicted murderer, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, will serve his sentence in juvenile detention.

“It’s not really prison. It is a prison “for minors,” Baudouy said. “The goal is to rehabilitate them, not that they become repeat offenders. I hope that was a wake-up call for him. And given that he’s never had any prior convictions, I hope he struggles. I really do, honestly. I hope he will have three difficult years.

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She said her son’s killer never expressed remorse to her for killing Lucas, who was stabbed in the back.

“It would have been nice with some sort of recognition, but I didn’t expect that,” she said.

She said the youngster was “very stoic” in court. “No emotion, no reaction.”

Baudouy hopes that by offering forgiveness to his son’s murderer, it will allow him and the Gaudet family to come out of this nightmare.

“It doesn’t do me any good to hold onto the anger and the animosity because then I teach my children that you can’t forgive. In order for me to move on, for me to heal properly and to grieve properly, I have to overcome this.

She also knows that the next year will be the most difficult for the Gaudet family.

“It’s always difficult. First of all will be difficult. It’s the first time we’ve gone on vacation without Lucas. His first hockey game was tough. Her first birthday…”

jmeagher@postmedia.com

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