Domestic violence: the ex-spouse of Elisabeth Rioux remains incarcerated

Domestic violence: Elisabeth Rioux’s ex-spouse remains incarcerated


The violent ex-husband of businesswoman and influencer Elisabeth Rioux will not be released after one-sixth of his sentence due to his lack of rehabilitation efforts. 

“You did not engage in any serious therapeutic measures prior to incarceration. You do not produce any information leading to the belief that your care could begin during the release measure that you are requesting, ”we can read in the decision of the Commission québécoise des libérations conditionnelles concerning Bryan McCormick.

McCormick, 29, had been sentenced to six months in prison at the beginning of the summer for repeatedly hitting, strangling and threatening to kill Ms. Rioux, even when she was pregnant with their child.

Elisabeth Rioux

Violent and controlling

Seeking to control the influencer, he attacked her 13 to 15 times in a single year. 

Among other things, he squeezed her arms, pushed her head against the walls, in addition to uttering threats to burn her alive or to shoot her in the head. 

He was also not shy about destroying property, or hitting the walls hard enough to puncture them.

“The violence you deployed is not situational or circumstantial,” the commissioners noted at Tuesday’s hearing.

“You knowingly chose violence against your partner intimate as a means of controlling your marital environment.

Too dangerous

Despite his actions, McCormick claimed that he “is not a violent person”. 

But if he indicated that he “took full responsibility” for his actions, he then had mixed words, saying among other things that a wound to the lip of his ex-spouse had been caused simply “in him kissing.”

“You are tackling, and saying there are two sides to the coin,” the decision reads.

Thus, even if a evaluating officer recommended an early release at one-sixth of the sentence, the commissioners considered that McCormick should remain incarcerated, so that he demonstrates a “sincere motivation to invest in a real process of change”.

“The Commission considers that the risk of recidivism that you present is unacceptable having regard to the need for the protection of the public,” the decision states.


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