Five gangbangers from Unit 44 "who pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy charges involving the murders of two of the Rizzuto organization's rivals received sentences on Wednesday that left them with prison terms ranging between four and 11 years" as reported by The Montreal Gazette:
Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer agreed with the sentence recommendations presented to him last week after the five -- Édrick Antoine, 29, Olivier Gay, 34, Stanley Minuty, 33, Kevin Tate, 33, and Léonard Faustin Étienne, 37 -- admitted they were part of a conspiracy to kill Gaetan Gosselin, 70, who was shot in front of his home in Saint-Léonard on Jan. 22, 2013. Gay also admitted he was part of a conspiracy to kill Vincenzo Scuderi, 49, who was shot nine days later.
Gosselin was the former brother-in-law and business associate of Raynald Desjardins who led a coup attempt against the Rizzuto clan for control over the drug trade in Montreal and New York.
Vito Rizzuto, an oft-described "drug trafficking mastermind," died in 2013 from lung cancer. The mob boss was released from a U.S. prison in 2012 after serving several years on a racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murders of three Bonanno capos in New York City, and while he was doing time the mob rebellion claimed his son Nick Jr. in 2009 and family patriarch Nicolo in 2010.
Last year Desjardins was sentenced to fourteen years for his lead role in the 2011 hit against ex-Bonanno boss Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna who police suspect had allied himself with the breakaway group until their relationship soured.