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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Philistin (Crazy) Paul reputed to be an influential figure among Montreal street gangs has been sentenced to an eight-year prison term for discharging a firearm in a public place.


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Philistin (Crazy) Paul tried to delay his sentencing by requesting he be able to change lawyers, just before Quebec Court Judge Jean-Paul Braun rendered his decision Tuesday.

Paul had been represented by three lawyers during his trial, and the question of who actually represented him was raised during a sentencing hearing in April. During that session, defence lawyer Gilles Daudelin said he was finished with the case and would no longer represent Paul.

The case was left to defence lawyer Alexandre Goyette, who asked Braun if he could leave the case so Daudelin could return and make additional arguments on sentencing.

But Braun said his decision was already made and Goyette made no compelling arguments for the delay. Braun was especially unimpressed by the fact Daudelin wasn't present Tuesday morning for the request.

Paul was acquitted this year of the attempted murder of Beauvoir Jean, a former street gang leader who now works as a social worker and counsels youth on how to avoid joining gangs. The shooting occurred in Montreal North in June 2010. It followed an argument between Paul and Jean as they stood outside a strip mall and many innocent people were nearby.

While acquitting Paul, the judge found him guilty of discharging a firearm in a public place. Paul also shot himself in the thigh while fleeing the scene.

The conviction carries a mandatory minimum five-year prison term. The maximum sentence is 14 years.


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