Maurice “Mom” Boucher dies at 69
Former Hells Angels leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher died Sunday afternoon at the age of 69 at Archambault Penitentiary in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.
Maurice Boucher, who succumbed to throat cancer, had been seriously ill for several years, according to several media.
He was serving a 22-year life sentence – without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years – at the Special Handling Unit (USD) where the most dangerous criminals are admitted. The sexagenarian had recently been transferred to another section to receive palliative care, according to our colleagues.
Maurice Boucher had been convicted of the murders – commissioned by him – of Pierre Rondeau and Diane Lavigne, two prison guards, at the end of the 1990s. But also of an attempted murder of another prison guard, Robert Corriveau.
One of the worst criminals in the history of Quebec was arrested in 1997. He was then the head of the Nomads section of the Hells Angels, which caused a lot of ink to flow. At the time, the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine – another major criminal group – waged an all-out war to control the drug trade.
Acquitted in 1998 after a first trial, then arrested again in 2000, Maurice Boucher was finally charged in 2002 during his second trial.
Even behind bars, he continued to be talked about, particularly in the context of the assassination of Raynald Desjardins – another organized crime kingpin – at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary.
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