The former police officer who pleaded guilty to selling confidential information to the Hells Angels was handed an eight-year sentence for his crime Friday morning.
In March, Benoit Roberge pleaded guilty to charges of gangsterism and breach of trust.
With time served, he'll have to spend seven years and three months in prison. Because of the severity of his crime, he can only apply for parole after half of his sentence is up, instead of the customary third.
The sentence was considered harsh but all parties agreed on it because of the damages caused to police operations and informants.
“He was taking a gamble on the security of certain people, the judge recognized it and Roberge recognized it,” his lawyer Richard Perras said.
“He has lost self respect, that’s something you don’t cure of easily.”
Roberge did not get the maximum 10 year sentence given his collaboration with police.
“M. Roberge gave back the money he received and he did plead guilty at first opportunity,” crown prosecutor Maxime Chevalier said.
“The fact that he pleaded guilty avoids trials where a lot of information would have come out,” Perras said.
When Roberge pleaded guilty, he said he began selling information to the Hells Angels because he was threatened but the judge said the recordings did not show that.
As a police investigator, Roberge had built a solid reputation as an expert witness against the same gangs he sold information to. Roberge received $125 000 for the information he supplied to the bikers, $115 900 was retrieved by police.
He had just retired from the Montreal police force and began working with Quebec's revenue agency.