Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sentence hearing delayed again for Raynald Desjardins


Raynald Desjardins in 2011
During a brief hearing at the Gouin Courthouse, Desjardins expressed no objection to having his sentence hearing pushed back to Dec. 19, even though he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit the murder of Salvatore (Sal the Iron Worker) Montagna more than a year ago.

Montagna was killed weeks after someone made an attempt on Desjardins’s life in Laval. Desjardins immediately suspected Montagna. The two men had been partners for several months in an attempt to take control of the Montreal Mafia away from the Rizzuto organization, but their alliance fell apart early in 2011.
Desjardins used to be a right-hand man to Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto.
Six men pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of taking part in the conspiracy to murder Montagna. Vittorio Mirarchi (38); Jack Simpson (73); Calogero Milioto (44); Pietro Magistrale (64); Steven Fracas (31); and Steven D’Addario (38) — admitted their role in the conspiracy to kill Montagna, who was shot dead on November 24, 2011. Their sentencing is scheduled to be held late in October.Vito Rizzuto

Jack Simpson

Calogero Milioto

Steven Fracas

Pietro Magistrale

Felice Racaniello
Desjardins pleaded guilty on July 6, 2015, to being part of the conspiracy to kill Montagna. Since then five dates, including the one held Wednesday, have been set in the sentencing stage of his case.

Every day that Desjardins serves while awaiting the outcome of his trial counts as 1.5 days. He was arrested and initially charged with Montagna’s murder on Dec. 20, 2011. So when he is eventually sentenced and his time served factored in, he will already have served at least the equivalent of a seven-and-a-half-year prison term.

Jack Arthur Simpson
The morning that Salvatore Montagna was shot three times and died on a river bank ‎outside Montreal, Raynald Desjardins was having breakfast elsewhere in town with his daughter and chatting about her wedding photo album. Shortly after the killing, Desjardins sent a Blackberry message to his associate, Vittorio Mirarchi: “Done.”

“Perfect,” came the reply. Police who were wiretapping Desjardin’s mobile phone immediately knew who was behind the 2011 murder.

Vittorio Mirarchi