Turcotte's ex-wife: 'You broke my heart, not my resilience'

SAINT-JEROME, Que. -- The ex-wife of a former Quebec doctor convicted of murdering their two children told him Friday that while he has succeeded in breaking her heart, he has not broken her resolve.

See Full Article

Isabelle Gaston delivered an emotional impact statement at sentencing arguments for Guy Turcotte, who was found guilty earlier this month of second-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3.

The Crown suggested Turcotte serve a minimum 20 years before he's eligible to apply for parole, while the defence countered it should be less than 15 and closer to 10.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent will rule on Jan. 15.

Gaston was the only witness the Crown chose to have testify.

The handcuffed Turcotte cried and tried to wipe away the tears as he listened to her from the prisoner's box.

"I want you to know, Guy Turcotte, that you achieved your goal," Gaston told him as he sat shaking, with his head low.

"I want you to look me in the eyes," she said in a particularly intense moment.

"You broke my heart, but I want you to know you did not break my resilience," she added, as many in the courtroom cried.

Gaston told the judge she always wanted to be a mother but that losing her children ended that dream.

"The woman who existed in 2009 no longer exists and never will again," Gaston told the judge, explaining she has tried to have other children since the slayings and underwent procedures to help that happen.

"But at 43, I have lost hope," she said, choking back tears.

The defence didn't call any witnesses but filed updated psychiatric and psychological assessments.

Turcotte, 43, was invited to speak and seized the opportunity to address the judge and Gaston.

"People cannot understand the shame I have," Turcotte said in a weak-sounding voice. "I cannot look people in the face, I'm so ashamed."

Turcotte said he went to trial as a way of explaining his actions.

"I want to tell you Isabelle, I didn't go to trial to make you feel responsible," he said, adding he wanted to explain what he'd done and gone through "after hitting the bottom of the barrel.

"It was not to hurt you," he said.

"I know I can never forgive myself what happened."

A conviction on second-degree murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment but the court has some latitude on setting parole eligibility.

The minimum time to be served before being able to apply for parole is 10 years, while the maximum is 25 years.

Turcotte's lawyers were hoping the jury would find him not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder -- the verdict that was handed down in 2011 at his first trial.

The jurors had the choice of four possible verdicts: not criminally responsible or guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Vincent asked them if they had any recommendations for the minimum number of years Turcotte should serve but they said they had none.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Police shoot, kill teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio: report

    World News CTV News
    COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was at the scene Tuesday night on the city's southeast side, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Source
  • Ontario hospitals hit by COVID-19 transferring record number of patients around province

    Canada News CBC News
    Ontario hospitals are transferring an unprecedented number of patients within the province as the COVID-19 pandemic puts intense pressure on the health-care system. Doctors say the record number of patient transfers is happening as hospitals face a surge in hospitalizations and admissions to their intensive care units in the third wave. Source
  • Raiders get backlash for tweet after conviction of Derek Chauvin

    World News CTV News
    HENDERSON, NEV. -- The Las Vegas Raiders got angry backlash for a tweet the team sent after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. The tweet sent by the team's official account on Tuesday said "I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21. Source
  • Seafarers' union demands vaccine plan for 15,000 marine workers after COVID outbreak on Atlantic Huron

    Canada News CBC News
    The union that represents 15,000 Canadian marine workers is demanding the government come up with a plan to vaccinate seafarers after the most recent COVID-19 outbreak on the Atlantic Huron, a Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier. Source
  • A68, the world's largest iceberg, has finally melted

    World News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- An enormous Antarctic iceberg that became the most well-documented iceberg in history has melted into nothing in the Atlantic Ocean. The 6,000 km² chunk of ice, known as A68, broke off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in 2017. Source
  • Lawyer shifts legal fight from George Floyd to Pamela Turner

    World News CTV News
    MINNEAPOLIS -- The conviction Tuesday of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges for pinning George Floyd's neck with his knee was already drawing renewed attention to the legal fight in the death of another Black American, Pamela Turner. Source
  • Tears and relief sweep intersection where George Floyd died

    World News CTV News
    MINNEAPOLIS -- There was quiet, just for a moment, as hundreds of people standing in the intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue crowded in to listen to the news. "They're announcing the verdict!" someone shouted, calling for silence. Source
  • Silence, then cheers: Relief washes over George Floyd Square

    World News CTV News
    MINNEAPOLIS -- There was quiet, just for a moment, as hundreds of people standing in the intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue crowded in to listen to the news. "They're announcing the verdict!" someone shouted, calling for silence. Source
  • Families, doctors urge Alabama to reject trans treatment ban

    World News CTV News
    MONTGOMERY, ALA. -- Transgender youth, parents and advocates on Tuesday urged the Alabama House of Representatives, as well as the state's governor, to reject legislation that would ban the use of puberty-blockers or hormones to treat transgender minors. Source
  • 'A watershed moment': Canadians react to Derek Chauvin verdict

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Canadian politicians, activists and athletes reacted with grief and relief in response to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction in the death of George Floyd. On Tuesday, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd on May 25, 2020. Source