The Canadian Press reports:
Crown prosecutor Martine Berube said she believes the case “will possibly go down in history.”
“We have rarely seen in the annals of history this many murders and attempted murders committed by one person and which resulted in guilty pleas,” Berube said outside the courtroom.
The contract killer often targeted bikers and alleged members of crime groups. He also killed bystanders who were not the targets. One of those victims was waitress Helene Brunet who was not part of the criminal underbelly. Brunet was used as a human shield by Robert Savard, an associate of the Hells Angels kingpin. The murders were often part of the bike wars that plagued Quebec between 1994 and 2002 between the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine gangs. All of Gallant’s murders took place between 1978 and 2003.
Quebec reporter Michel Auger has an unique perspective of Gallant. He survived one of Gallant’s bullets when he was wounded in September 2000 outside the Le Journal de Montreal’s office. The Toronto Star reports:
“In the criminal world, nobody knew him well.
“But he had good connections.”He was a small fish, he was known as a small fish,” Auger said Tuesday. “Nobody knew he was a contract killer of such importance.”
Gallant lived in the village of Donnacona when he wasn’t pulling the trigger. HIs home was a two-story cottage painted a sunny yellow.
Donnacona Mayor Andre Marcoux, a provincial police investigator during the biker wars of the 1990s remembers the man known in town as an avid cyclist. The police however were aware of the athletic man.
“He was very unassuming,” said Marcoux, who, coincidentally, worked as a provincial police investigator during the biker wars of the 1990s.
“He wasn’t somebody who mixed with other citizens, he was someone who took care of his affairs by himself.”
“(Residents) are extremely surprised to see what’s happening,” he said. “There’s a lot of disbelief.”
A statement released to the court in Quebec City on Tuesday Gallant said that he had helped the police in an effort to repair the damage he has caused and was seeking forgiveness. The Canadian Press quotes Gallant:
“I regret the hurt I have caused the victims and their families,” Gallant said. “I understand that forgiving will be difficult, maybe even impossible. I accept that.
“I agreed to co-operate with police in order to repair the damage I caused and to seek forgiveness.”
Gallant had fled to Switzerland to escape for a murder in Ste-Adele, in the Laurentians, in 2001. after he discovered that the police were closing in on him. In 2006 he was arrested during a sweep of cloned credit cards.
Gallant will not have time added to his life sentence as part of his plea deal. He is eligible for parole in 25 years. He has been forbidden to write a book or film about his crimes. The court has given Gallant $50 a month to spend in the prison canteen for his pleas according to Canoe News.