No bail for cop shooter who breached release conditions

Walter Filipas was one of the two people shot by Claude Forget in 1993
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A Montreal man who spent 20 years in prison for trying to kill two police officers will have to return behind bars pending sentencing for breach of conditions.

Claude Forget claims he forgot to check in with police one week last month, one of the conditions of his release from prison back in April. Forget did report to police the week after and that's when he was arrested.

Forget, 58, was sent to prison for the attempted murder of Montreal police constables Walter Filipas and Lucy Krasowski in May 1993. He had also been convicted of several armed robberies prior to that.

Quebec Court Judge Geneviève Gratton took into consideration Forget was respecting all his conditions since his release and even reported to police and signed a registry the week after the missed date. She also noted that he was trying to reinsert himself back into society by looking for work and that his father and a potential employer were willing to put up bail money.

But Gratton also took into consideration the violent nature of Forget's crimes and reasoned that his detention was necessary to protect the security of the public as well as Forget's victims and witnesses.

Gratton also cited the "generosity" of the crown in coming up with the series of release conditions and that the non-respect of the conditions translates into a breach of confidence in the justice system.

"When it's a breach of condition from a promise made by the accused to the court, it cannot be said that it's a minor breach," crown prosecutor François Allard told CJAD 800 News.

Forget, wearing a worn navy sweatshirt and grey sweatpants, looked at the floor most of the time as the judge read out her ruling and when she finished, he looked up, appearing resigned.

Forget will be transferred this week to Drummondville where he served his sentence for a decision on a peace bond. The Montreal case returns to court next week.

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