Mur­der case winds down

Key wit­ness to be sen­tenced af­ter plead­ing guilty to be­ing an ac­ces­sory

Cape Breton Post - - HOT ONLINE -

A key Crown wit­ness in a mur­der case has en­tered a guilty plea to a charge of be­ing an ac­ces­sory to mur­der.

Craig Claude Landry, 40, of Petit de Grat, is now sched­uled to be sen­tenced in Septem­ber, con­clud­ing another chap­ter in a case than be­gan with the death of 43-year-old Phillip Joseph Boudreau on June 1, 2013.

Landry was orig­i­nally charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death but the charge was dis­missed af­ter he tes­ti­fied against another ac­cused. He was later charged with be­ing an ac­ces­sory.

Craig Landry tes­ti­fied against Joseph James Landry, 67, who was charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der. A jury found Joseph James Landry guilty of the in­cluded of­fence of man­slaugh­ter and he was later sen­tenced to a 14-year prison term.

Another ac­cused, Dwayne Matthew Sam­son, 45, of D’Es­cousse has pleaded guilty to a charge of man­slaugh­ter af­ter ini­tially be­ing charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der. He is now sched­uled to be sen­tenced in Au­gust.

Another ac­ces­sory charge was also filed against Sam­son’s wife, Carla, but that charge has since been dis­missed.

Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence pre­sented at the trial of Joseph Landry, Boudreau was shot in his boat in Petit de Grat har­bour af­ter he was ob­served by Landry and the oth­ers raid­ing lob­ster traps. His body was weighed down with an an­chor and his re­mains were dumped at sea.

Craig Landry is now sched­uled to be sen­tenced Sept. 11.


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