January 28, 2016 4:26 pm
Updated: January 28, 2016 4:29 pm

Raynald Létourneau pleads guilty to first-degree murder

Raynald Létourneau was arrested by Montreal police Monday, August 24, 2015.

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MONTREAL – Raynald Létourneau, the man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend last summer, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Charlie Cecilia Garcia Larez, 36, was found dead inside her Côte-Des-Neiges apartment last summer.

She was pregnant and had recently immigrated to Canada in the hopes of supporting her family in Venezuela.

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After her body was found, Létourneau was placed on the list of Quebec’s ten most wanted criminals and was the target of a Canada-wide search.

Police arrested him last summer in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

The 47-year-old said he was ready to take the plea on Jan. 22, but was warned by the Superior Court Justice to reflect on what he was admitting to.

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Justice André Vincent was concerned that Létourneau was not represented by a lawyer at the time.

He entered the guilty plea Thursday morning after consulting with a defence lawyer.

He faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

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