Montreal organized crime figure Raynald Desjardins sentenced to 14 years

MONTREAL _ A former close associate to late crime figure Vito Rizzuto has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent agreed to the sentence for Raynald Desjardins, which was jointly recommended by the Crown and defence.

Desjardins pleaded guilty last year to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

The charges were related to the 2011 assassination of Salvatore Montagna, who was reportedly trying to take a leading role in a Montreal-based organized crime network.

Crown prosecutor Alexis Gauthier expressed satisfaction with today’s sentence.

Desjardins was reportedly a high-level associate in the Rizzuto crime family and had been detained for the past five years.