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Former Montreal cop sentenced to 8 years for selling secrets to Hell’s Angels

WATCH:(Apr. 4, 2014) Calling it a betrayal of the justice system, a Quebec judge sentenced a former police officer to eight years in prison for selling information to the Hells Angels. Mike Armstrong has the story.

MONTREAL – An ex-Montreal police officer has been handed an eight-year prison term for selling sensitive information to criminal bikers.

Benoit Roberge was sentenced this morning at the Montreal courthouse.

Quebec court Judge Robert Marchi agreed with a joint Crown-defence recommendation – four years each for breach of trust and gangsterism to be served consecutively.

With time already spent in detention, Roberge has seven years and three months to serve.

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He must serve half of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

The Crown said Roberge sold information over a period of several months, ultimately pocketing about $125,000 which has mostly been returned to authorities.

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A tearful Roberge explained during his guilty plea last month that he’d been threatened into co-operating with the gang and had made a mistake by not reporting it to his superiors.

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The biker with whom he was associating, Rene Charlebois, committed suicide last year after escaping from a minimum-security jail.