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Canada Reputed Montreal gang leader who vanished during his last parole granted another release

23:00  11 october  2019
23:00  11 october  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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The Parole Board of Canada has decided to grant a Montreal street gang leader a second release even though he went illegally at large during his previous one and is awaiting a trial in Alberta.

Philistin (Crazy) Paul, 41, is incarcerated at a federal penitentiary in Quebec, serving a seven-year sentence he received in 2011 for having discharged a firearm with the intent to injure a person. In May 2015, the board turned him down for both day and full parole but the following year, in February 2016, he reached his statutory release date, the two-thirds mark of his sentence, and automatically qualified for a release. One of the conditions attached to that decision was that Paul, alleged by police to be a leader among Reds-affiliated street gangs, was required to wear a GPS bracelet.

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Two months after he was released, he complained to Correctional Service Canada, CSC, about having to wear the bracelet. Three days later, CSC found the ankle bracelet — and it was no longer attached to Paul. He disappeared for two years, but was arrested in Ontario in March 2018.

According to the summary of a decision made by the board on Wednesday, Paul spent some of his time at large in Alberta, where he faces five charges including armed robbery, committing a crime while using a firearm, fraud and possession of stolen goods. The alleged crimes occurred in March 2018 and Paul is scheduled to have a trial in that province in May.

However, CSC did not recommend to the board that Paul remain incarcerated for the remainder of his sentence. Instead, it recommended he be released to a halfway house as long as he agreed to follow a series of conditions. One problem he faces is that no halfway house has agreed to accept him.

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CSC’s own statistics suggest he is a high risk to reoffend.

“According to the statistical scale information on reoffending, two offenders out of five with characteristics comparable to yours will not reoffend in the three years following your release. According to the case-management team (the people who prepare an offender for a release) the risk becomes much higher considering your strategic and influential position in a group that threatens (prison guards). You also represent a high risk of danger to society,” the parole board wrote in its decision.

It says Paul is suspected of having been involved in “drug trafficking, intimidation and taxing” while incarcerated and “remains a subject of interest for the preventive security department considering your status as an active member of a gang and your influence.”

One of the conditions imposed on the release requires that Paul not be in two areas that were redacted from a copy of the decision obtained by the Montreal Gazette. In a previous decision, the areas were identified as Montreal North and Rivière-des-Prairies.

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It was in Montreal North that Paul discharged a firearm, on June 4, 2010, and almost shot Beauvoir Jean, the former leader of the Master B, one of the first street gangs to emerge out of Montreal’s Haitian community during the 1980s. At the time, Jean had quit the gang and was working as a social worker while counselling youth on how to avoid becoming gang members. During an argument with Jean, Paul fired the .22-calibre revolver outside a busy strip mall on Pascal St. while about 20 people, including children, were standing nearby. Paul then climbed into a sports utility vehicle and injured his thigh after the revolver went off a second time when he tucked it into his pants.

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