No parole for 12 years for woman convicted of murdering Falduto brothers

Marie-Josée Viau was sentenced to life for her participation in the killings, which were part of a conflict between two clans of the Montreal mafia.

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A woman who helped dispose of the bodies of two brothers killed in a clash between Montreal Mafia clans must serve at least 12 years behind bars before she can apply for parole while serving a life sentence.

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Superior Court Judge Éric Downs released his decision on the sentence of Marie-Josée Viau, 47, at the Gouin courthouse on Friday.

In November, a jury found Viau guilty of second degree murder in the deaths of Vincenzo and Giuseppe Falduto.

Viau was automatically given a life sentence, and Downs had to figure out how long she would have to serve in prison before becoming eligible for full parole.

The minimum for a second degree murder conviction is 10 years and the maximum is 25 years. Downs set Viau’s parole ineligibility period at 12 years.

Downs said his case did not deserve the bare minimum, as requested by his lawyer Mylène Lareau, due to various efforts by Viau to cover up the murders after the Falduto brothers died.

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The judge also noted that Viau committed her crimes when she knew she was working for someone involved in the Montreal Mafia.

The jury heard evidence that the Falduto brothers were killed on the orders of Salvatore Scoppa, a leader of a Calabrian faction of the Montreal Mafia who, in 2016, sought to kill people linked to a Sicilian faction.

The Faldutos were killed in a garage on a farm where Viau lived with her husband, Guy Dion. The jury heard that she got rid of the evidence after the brothers were shot and disposed of the bodies by burning the remains in metal barrels on the farm.

Dion was acquitted of all charges by the same jury in November.

The verdict indicted by the jury took into account that Viau made numerous other incriminating statements to an informant who secretly taped conversations with the couple during the summer of 2019.

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The jury heard evidence that Dion, a member of the local volunteer fire department, was away from the farm to help put out a fire in another town when Viau allegedly burned the bodies.

Downs said he disagreed with the Crown’s request that Viau serve at least 15 years behind bars before becoming eligible for full parole. He said she had no criminal record, was involved in her community prior to the killings, and was not considered a threat to re-offend.

“In this case, the court, after reviewing all the evidence, finds that the defendant, prior to her participation in the crimes, was a citizen with no background, no criminal record, leading a relatively stable life,” Downs said.

“The arrival (of an alleged accomplice in the murders) in the life of his sister Stephanie and the bonds that the accused has forged with this member of (the Montreal mafia) have placed the accused on an extremely dangerous and perilous path. leading to serious criminal acts. related to firearms, ammunition and even explosives.

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“By agreeing to be paid for the storage of a veritable arsenal in her home and by tolerating the use of firearms and ammunition on her property, the defendant showed extreme negligence for the life of ‘other’.

Downs was referring to an alleged accomplice whose name cannot be released at this time, and how Viau agreed to have firearms and ammunition stored on his farm. She even prepared a detailed handwritten inventory of the firearms, which were later found with explosives in a storage unit in Laval.

Before the hearing began, Downs said Viau could not be brought to Gouin’s courthouse because she had recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was in solitary confinement at the jail where she was. detained.

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Viau followed the hearing via a videoconference link. She looked tired and wore a white jumpsuit over a gray turtleneck sweater. She had to wear a mask and a pair of latex gloves.

As Downs read his 52-page decision, Viau appeared to be very stressed. At one point, she leaned forward so much in her chair that she was out of the camera frame. Downs had to ask him to straighten up.

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  1. Guy Dion and Marie-Josée Viau were charged with the 2016 murders of brothers Vincenzo and Giuseppe Falduto.  The couple entered the Gouin courthouse in Montreal on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

    Montreal Mafia Murders: Jury Acquits Guy Dion, Convicts Marie-Josée Viau

  2. Marie-Josée Viau at the Gouin courthouse in Montreal on Monday, May 31, 2021.

    Montreal Mafia case: Viau stole our chance to mourn, according to the Falduto family

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