Now that Mr. Lacroix has been convicted the next step is sentencing. Most of the nearly 200 offences to which he pleaded guilty each carry a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment. Sentences for multiple offences can be either concurrent, meaning they run together, or consecutive, in which case the sentences are added to each other. Thus the range of imprisonment available is very wide. The law provides that sentences for distinct offences are generally to be consecutive but stipulates that the resulting total sentence must be reasonnable in light of all the circumstances. The judge’s decision as to which sentences will run consecutively and which concurrently will determine what the effective global sentence will be.
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