Even if he is 78 years old, “caution is in order” in the case of one of the accomplices of the famous hitman Gerald Gallant, who will be able to resume semi-liberty under severe conditions.
“Now considered a fallen and aging criminal”, Réjean-Claude Juneau however had “a frantic way of life” during his long criminal life motivated by “fame, money, women and drugs”.
Having lived a difficult childhood, Juneau quickly branched out into organized crime where he was recognized, notably among the Rock Machine and the “Gang of the West”, for his “qualities of thief and planner”.
In just eight months in 1998, the man committed around 40 armed robberies in banks and businesses, until he was caught.
Ten years later, Juneau was this time broke as part of the Baladeur project resulting from the arrest of Gérald Gallant, the famous hitman whose confidences allowed the police to solve 28 murders and 12 attempted murders.
Accomplice in a murder
On February 16, 1984, Réjean-Claude Juneau had served as a driver for Gallant to shoot Marcel Lefrançois in the middle of the street in Sainte-Foy.
Lefrançois had refused to pay the hired killer for the contract on the head of André Haince which he had executed two years earlier.
Juneau had followed Lefrançois’ car until it stopped at an obligatory stop. Gérald Gallant, in the back seat, then pulled Lefrançois into the street not far from the old Auberge des Gouverneurs. The latter died three days later in hospital.
Gérald Gallant later confessed to having shot Lefrançois with a 12 gauge shotgun blast in the forehead.
Like Gallant, Réjean-Claude Juneau also agreed to sit down to the table to incriminate ten co-accused in exchange for SQ protection for him and his family.
The man from Sainte-Madeleine had therefore been sentenced for second degree murder with the possibility of release after 12 years.
However, even at 78 years old, a recent psychological report concluded that the criminal has a “risk of violent reoffending twice that of the average of the prisoners”.
His management team qualifies this analysis, however, given his age and his conformist behavior in detention for nine years now.
Coke and bad company
The murderer’s confession gave rise to a book: Gallant: confessions of a hitman.
Still, a risk of relapse to cocaine consumption as well as a future rapprochement with criminals are not excluded. “All is not won,” writes the Parole Board of Canada in its report.
Especially since Juneau has only benefited from three outings before obtaining day parole. “The step is high”, write the commissioners.
Thus a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – excluding health emergencies – will be imposed for the next six months in Juneau on the occasion of his semi-liberty.
“It is important to see you function,” concludes the document, prohibiting him from any doubtful consumption and attendance.