Conditional Absolution for Donald Brashear

He is the tallest in the courtroom. And certainly the one who has earned the most money in his life. Today, former NHL hockey player Donald Brashear recognizes that he broke a window to enter the housing he had just been kicked out of.
His huge hands crossed on his thighs, Brashear, 47, is waiting for his turn. Another accused salutes him timidly with his hand.

Defense lawyer Vincent Montminy gets up. The former Canadian player does not have the usual profile of clients of Me Montminy, largely from organized crime. The criminalist obviously feels a kind of sympathy for the fallen star sitting near him.

The lawyer has an apparently delicate mission; ask for a conditional discharge for a client who has a few criminal records. In 2006, Brashear already obtained an absolute discharge, after making a donation, for a fight. In 2011, a judge agreed to stay the sentence, again for a charge of assault, and always with the obligation to make a donation.

This time, the one who has been a brawler for 16 years in the NHL has not hit anyone.

On June 5, he smashed a window of the housing he had just been evicted and was caught with a small amount of cocaine.

The previous day, the owner, the concierge and a bailiff had tried to serve a notice of expulsion. The former hockey player had left the scene. The owner immediately had the locks changed.

Returning to the scene illegally Brashear was caught.

He collaborated well with his arrest. The owner did not want to complain about breaking the window. The former hockey player was still charged with mischief.

After his arrest, Brashear did several months of therapy at Villa Ignatia to fight his addictions. He goes to the Portage Rehabilitation Center and sees a psychologist. “I got a little lost, I ended up in therapy,” summed up Donald Brashear summarily.

The one who was an NHL millionaire drew attention this fall when he took a job at a Tim Horton, owned by his former teammate Pierre Sévigny. “He had everything the little guys who play hockey want to have,” said Montminy. He made a lot of money and lost a lot of things. ”

Crown Attorney Jean-Philippe Robitaille had no objection to the granting of absolution. Judge Mario Tremblay of the Court of Quebec also concluded that the measure was in the interests of the accused without harming the interests of society. “It’s called positive exemplarity,” said Judge Tremblay. People who follow your story will see that we can get rid of an addiction. I congratulate you for your efforts. ”

Donald Brashear will be on probation for six months.

Coming out of the courtroom, Donald Brashear said that the judge’s compliments had pleased him and swore it was his last court appearance. “We can fall, but we can get up. “

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