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Career criminal serving 45-year sentence after robbing two Montreal banks

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Career criminal serving 45-year sentence after robbing two Montreal banks

Pierre Carriere began serving a sentence in 1991 and it has grown as he continued to reoffended while out on parole.

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A career criminal who disappeared from a halfway house before he tried to rob two banks in Montreal at the end of last year is now serving a 45-year prison term.

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A recent decision made by the Parole Board of Canada details how Pierre Carriere, 52, left a halfway house and went illegally at large while he was out on a statutory release and was serving what was then a 35-year prison term that began in March 1991.

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“On the evening of Dec. 22, 2022, a halfway house staff member observed that you had left the halfway house, without your destination being indicated in the travel log. Several calls were made to you to find out your destination, but the line seemed busy,” the parole board noted in its resent decision to officially revoke Carriere’s statutory release.

When Carriere did not return by his curfew, a warrant was issued for his arrest. In the days that followed, his parole officers tried to reach him by phone.

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“However, it appears that you remained in contact with the (parole officers) via text messages. You explained that you intended to surrender, but that you didn’t want to spend the holidays inside the walls.”

Instead of surrendering himself after Christmas, Carriere decided to attempt to rob two banks in Montreal on Dec. 31.

During the first robbery, Carriere went up to a teller and demanded at knifepoint that he be handed $3,000. The clerk simply headed to another part of the bank, leaving Carriere on his own. When he attempted to jump over a counter, a security guard realized what was happening and moved in.

Carriere managed to escape and fled in a taxi without taking any money from the bank.

“You then went to a second bank and used the same modus operandi. You were able to obtain some money and then left the scene,” the parole board wrote.

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It took the Montreal police very little time to locate Carriere. He was arrested on the same day of the robberies and was charged on New Year’s Day. On Jan. 13, he pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery at the Montreal courthouse and was sentenced to a 10-year prison term.

What the parole board later learned was that Carriere was following a pattern that has seen his ongoing sentence stretch out for decades since 1991. He resumes consuming drugs whenever he is released from a penitentiary.

He committed robberies in banks in 1991 and 1993. He also robbed convenience stores in 1993 and 1997. During a robbery in 1999 he fired blanks from a firearm at witnesses. He used fake firearms during robberies in 1999, 2006 and 2011.

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He reoffended five times while out on some form of release between 1993 and 2011.

In the past, Carriere had told his case management team, the people who prepare an offender for a release, that he began using drugs like cannabis and acid by the age of 12.

“As for cocaine, you were inhaling it from the age of 16, in the form of freebase at 18 and you were injecting at 19. As far as heroin is concerned, you would have started using it around the age of 28, when you were incarcerated at (a federal penitentiary),” the parole board wrote.

Carriere told his case management team that his “first mistake,” while he was out on his statutory release in September, was to accept a rock of crack cocaine from someone he knew.

When he went illegally at large in December, he consumed more crack and then hashish.

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“As for the circumstances surrounding the recurrence which took place on Dec. 31, 2022, you explained that you were experiencing several withdrawal symptoms at this point related to quitting your medication (suboxone). In order to seek relief, you bought some methadone and would have consumed it very quickly,” the parole board wrote.

At the same time he was experiencing withdrawal, someone stole all of Carriere’s bank or credit cards as well as his supply of hashish. He said he tried to carry out the two robberies to get money for drugs.

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