Ex-Hells Angels chief 'Mom' Boucher pleads guilty to prison-hatched murder plot

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Boucher admits to conspiring to murder high-ranking mafioso Raynald Desjardins

Ex-Hells Angels chief Maurice "Mom" Boucher has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a high-ranking Mafia member while both men were behind bars.

Boucher entered the plea Tuesday at the Gouin courthouse, Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions confirmed. Jury selection for the trial was set to begin next week.

Boucher plotted to have Raynald Desjardins, a rival in the criminal underworld, killed by another person while they were serving time in separate institutions. The plan never came to fruition.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Boucher conspired with two accomplices to have Desjardins assassinated at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary in 2015.

Desjardins's case was subject to delays, however, and he wasn't transferred to a federal penitentiary until the next year.

Investigators intercepted text messages and recorded phone conversations to build their case against Boucher.

Already in prison for murder

Boucher is already serving a life sentence for the 1997 murders of two prison guards. He was arrested in his cell in 2015 in connection with the murder plot, as part of a series of raids targeting organized crime.

Desjardins, a former lieutenant of the Rizzuto crime family, is in prison for his role in the death of mob boss Salvatore Montagna in November 2011. Desjardins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in that case in 2015.

Raynald Desjardins was arrested on Dec. 21, 2011, in connection to the death of Salvatore Montagna. (CBC)

Lawyers for the defence and Crown said Tuesday they have agreed on a sentence for Boucher but it will need to be approved by a judge.

Boucher will appear in court May 11 for sentencing.

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