Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prison Guard Suspended as Manhunt Continues for Son of Former Hells Angels Boss

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prison Guard Suspended as Manhunt Continues for Son of Former Hells Angels Boss

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Prison guard suspended in Francis Boucher escape


MONTREAL - A Quebec prison guard was suspended Tuesday as police tried to solve the mystery of how the son of former Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher walked out of jail two months before the end of his sentence.

Francis Boucher left Montreal's Bordeaux institution just before noon on Monday, prompting different views among authorities as to the events behind the headline-grabbing escape.

One theory was that he benefited from an ''administrative error," while another pointed to Boucher using a ''trick'' to gain his freedom.

On Tuesday, a visibly upset public security minister leaned more toward the latter, saying ''there appears to have been a stratagem."

''When people go into detention centres, we expect them to get out only when their sentence is up,'' Lise Theriault said in Quebec City.

''The fact there's been an error or a stratagem for Mr. Boucher to walk is inexcusable.''

Thierry Lariviere, a spokesman for the labour federation that represents prison guards, confirmed the paid suspension but wouldn't elaborate.

Various reports Tuesday suggested Boucher posed as an inmate with the same family name. Authorities would not comment on them.

Boucher, 39, was serving a 117-day sentence for having uttered death threats against police officers -- a sentence due to be completed at the end of May.

He was previously sentenced to 10 years for gangsterism, conspiracy to commit murder and drug-trafficking.

Boucher was a member of the Rockers, a Hells affiliate, but wasn't in the same league as his infamous father in terms of holding sway.

Maurice Boucher was a household figure in the late 1990s and early 2000s because of the bloody battle between the Hells and the Rock Machine as well as subsequent high-profile legal proceedings.

The elder Boucher was sentenced to life in prison in 2002 after being convicted on two counts of first-degree murder for ordering the killings of prison guards the Crown said were aimed at destabilizing the justice system. …

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