“I consider that what I did was not good. Prison will put me on the right path. I’m glad that no one died,” Klor said while apologizing to “the witnesses” in the case brought against him as well as their families. He also apologized to the innocent bystanders who were terrorized by his reckless shootings.
With the time he has already spent behind bars since his arrest in August 2009, Klor was left with 93 months left to serve. He told David he hopes to be released on parole before he turns 30. His lawyer, Loris Cavaliere, said Klor grew up in the West Island but left his parent’s home at the age of 13.
“After that he had to fend for himself,” Cavaliere said, adding Klor plans to finish high school in a penitentiary and start college courses as well.
On June 6, 2009, Klor was released on a 15-month prison term he received in 2008 for kidnapping a drug dealer. He decided to start up a gang called the Diplomats and targeted a rival gang based in the West Island, called the Streetgangsters, when he shot three men on different occasions. He also shot up a house on Elgin St. in Pierrefonds on July 15, 2009, where two members of the Streetgangsters lived.
Klor also pleaded guilty, in June, to the July 30, 2009, attempted murder of Mahad Jama, after the latter exited his residence on Basswood St. in Pierrefonds. The pistol used in the shooting was later found, in 2009, in the home of Jonathan Castilho, the 29-year-old Kirkland resident who was found fatally wounded at the Beaurepaire train station in Beaconsfield on Sunday. Castilho was also arrested in Project Ondée, the same Montreal police investigation that snared Klor in 2009. He was charged with Jama’s attempted murder along with Klor but the accusation was withdrawn earlier this year as part of a plea bargain that saw Castilho sentenced to time served.
Also sentenced on Friday was Christopher Gingras, 23, identified in a court document as a member of Klor’s gang. Gingras admitted to taking part, along with Klor, in the July 19, 2009, attempted murder of Dominique Joseph — alleged in a court summary to be a member of the Streetgangsters. According to the same summary, Joseph was lured to residence in Point St. Charles by Stephanie Chicoine, 24, a woman who was arrested in Project Ondée. According to the summary, Joseph used Chicoine as a human shield when he realized Klor, Gingras and a third man, Xavier Lajoie, were about to shoot him. Klor and Lajoie, who later became a prosecution witness, still fired in Joseph’s direction even thought their friend, Chicoine, was in danger. Joseph was injured in the shooting but Chicoine somehow escaped injury.
David agreed to a joint recommendation, made by prosecutor David Simon and defence lawyer Richard Tawil, of an overall sentence of 9½ years. With time served factored in Gingras has 39 months left to serve.
Chicoine pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in Project Ondée. On Thursday, she managed to delay her sentencing because, on Sept 20, she had breast augmentation surgery and, through her lawyer, told the court she needed time to recovery before being incarcerated.