Poker champ's ex pleads guilty
The ex-girlfriend of Jonathan Duhamel has pleaded guilty to her role in the beating and robbery of the poker champion last December at his Boucherville home.
Bianca Rojas-Latraverse admitted she plotted to rob Duhamel, even texting about the crimes hours before they happened to a good friend who in turn told police.
She changed her mind about her plea just as her trial was about to begin last week. The 21-year-old petite brunette, wearing a white blouse and handcuffs, appeared calm, even serene, showing no signs of the unspecified "violent incident" that delayed the trial in the first place.
"She decided to put this behind her, she's feeling guilty about what she did. She wants to be repentant so she just wants to put this past her, behind her. She's young, she's 21, she wants to start back in life after this," her lawyer Sarah Desabraies told reporters.
Rojas-Latraverse pleaded guilty to three out of five charges: forcible confinement, breaking and entering to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Lawyers have not agreed on a sentence so arguments are set for December 19. The crown has alluded to the seriousness of the crimes and the nine months she's already spent in preventive custody, while the defence pointed out her client's young age and only prior, a breach of condition related to a dangerous driving case in Ottawa.
Three alleged accomplices still face charges, including a suspected getaway driver who was just arrested and charged yesterday. Another man was arrested for having Duhamel's stolen Rolex on him.
Duhamel was beaten and robbed, not only of the Rolex but of more than $100,000 and his championship poker bracelet.