Francis Boucher, son of Hells Angels kingpin, charged after surrendering
Boucher walked out of Bordeaux jail less than a month after being convicted of uttering death threats
Francis Boucher, the son of former head of the Hells Angels’ Montreal chapter Maurice (Mom) Boucher, appeared at the Montreal courthouse Friday afternoon to face three charges after wrongly being released from jail.
He is accused of escaping lawful custody, being at large without lawful excuse and fraudulently impersonating another man, a prisoner named Michel Stéphane Boucher.
Accompanied by his lawyer Dimitrios Strapatsas, Boucher surrendered to officers at Montreal’s Bordeaux jail shortly after midnight. Provincial police transferred him to another jail.
Boucher was denied bail during the Friday court hearing, which was a formality since he hadn't yet completed his previous sentence.
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The younger Boucher had been serving a four-month sentence at Bordeaux for uttering death threats to a police officer in 2014 when he was let out of jail on March 23.
He had been convicted of that crime less than a month ago. He pleaded guilty to breaking probation at the same time, on March 10.
The son of Mom Boucher is no stranger to crime. A former member of defunct Hells Angels affiliate gang the Rockers, he was previously sentenced to 10 years for gangsterism, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking.
Quebec Public Security Minister Lise Thériault said his release didn’t look accidental to her: it looked like a planned escape.
A jail guard was suspended with pay while authorities investigate.
Boucher's lawyer disagrees.
"After speaking with him, I'm convinced more than ever this was a mistake," Strapatsas said.
"My only concern right now is to make sure that we answer properly to the charges against my client."
His father was found guilty in 2002 in the shooting deaths of two prison guards. He is serving a life sentence in the maximum-security wing of the federal penitentiary in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Que.