Saturday, July 9, 2016

Court rejects sentence appeal of Raynald Desjardins's bodyguard Jonathan Mignacca

Jonathan Mignacca
On June 19, 2015, Jonathan Mignacca was sentenced to a seven-year prison term after being found guilty of five charges related to how he fired off a firearm in broad daylight in Laval when someone tried to kill Raynald Desjardins, his boss.

At the time, Desjardins was plotting to kill Mafioso Salvatore 'The Ironworker' Montagna. On Sept. 16, 2011, someone from Montagna’s side tried to act first in their conflict to control the Montreal Mafia. Desjardin's group killed Montagna two months later.

Raynald Desjardins's BMW that was damaged in the 2011 shooting
Mignacca argued the sentence was unreasonable. The Crown had recommended a five-year prison term. The maximum potential sentence Mignacca faced was 14 years.

Desjardins was in his BMW, discussing something with Mignacca, who was in another vehicle, when a gunman emerged from a wooded area off the shore of Rivière des Prairies and opened fire. Desjardins drove off and Mignacca pulled out a handgun and fired off several shots in return from the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which had stalled because the engine was damaged by gunfire.

Raynald Desjardins
The shooter was never arrested and police believe he escaped on the river in a recreational watercraft that was later discovered on the Montreal side of the river. It had been set on fire.

The judge noted Mignacca showed no concern for what he did even though he fired in the direction of a bike path where innocent bystanders could have been struck by the bullets from his gun. He also suggested that Mignacca’s chances at rehabilitation “do not exist.”

On Tuesday, the Quebec Court of Appeal determined it could find no reason to reduce the sentence.

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