The release of Gilles Pimparé refused for a ninth time

Gilles Pimparé's release denied for a ninth time


In prison for nearly 50 years, the murderer Gilles Pimparé was dismissed on appeal after challenging the decision which refused his release for the ninth time.  

Pimparé had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a double murder committed in 1979.   

The now 68-year-old criminal was not asking for full release, but rather escorted releases or day parole. The Parole Board of Canada (PBC), however, closed the door until at least 2027. Pimparé's appeal was dismissed on November 2. 

The murderer claimed that the Board had violated a fundamental principle of justice, namely the duty to act fairly. In defense, his lawyers tried unsuccessfully to argue the reasonableness of the decision. According to them, errors of law had been made. Their arguments were ultimately rejected. 

The Appeal Division considers that Pimparé has not raised any reason that could lead him to intervene in the Commission's decision.  

The decision of March 22, 2022 to refuse him the day parole and full parole is therefore maintained. 

All the decisions rendered to date have been negative for the criminal. His breathlessness in the face of incarceration is evident, but his journey is embryonic, say authorities.  

Since 1973 

Pimparé had repeated to the Commission that he has been incarcerated for almost five decades and that he is motivated to succeed in social reintegration. After an initial stint behind bars in 1973, he received a four-year sentence in 1975. Despite an escape in 1978, he was automatically released in 1979. 

From June to July 1979, in the company of an accomplice and under the threat of a knife and a weapon, Pimparé attacked at least nine people in order to rob them.  

In July 1979 , in a crime that horrified all of Quebec, Gilles Pimparé and his accomplice, armed with a knife and a gun, took turns raping Chantale Dupont, 15, before murdering her. They also killed his friend, Maurice Marcil, 14.   

The teenagers were strangled with a rope, and their bodies were thrown from the top of the Jacques bridge -Cartier.  

The Commission considers that Gilles Pimparé still represents an unacceptable risk to society.