Richard Bergeron denied parole again after 1974 murder of Moncton officers – New Brunswick

A man convicted of murdering two Moncton police officers more than 40 years ago has been denied full parole for the second time this year.

Richard Joseph Bergeron — who changed his name from Richard Ambrose — was denied parole on Feb. 1.

Bergeron, now 68, appealed the decision, but it was upheld by the appeal division of the board in a ruling dated June 29.

 Bergeron and James Hutchison were sentenced to hang for the 1974 shootings of Const. Michael O’Leary and Cpl. Aurele Bourgeois in 1974.

The crimes started with the kidnapping of 14-year-old Raymond Stein, the son of well-known restaurateur Cy Stein. 

Officers Aurele Bourgeois (photo) and Michael O’Leary, who investigated the case, reported they were following a Cadillac afterwards. It was the last time anyone heard from them. (CBC)

Stein agreed to drop off a $15,000 ransom at a mall, after which his son was released unharmed.

Investigating the case, Bourgeois and O’Leary reported they were following a suspicious Cadillac.

It was the last time anyone heard from them. Three days later, their bodies were found in shallow graves just outside Moncton. 

Granted parole before

Bergeron and Hutchison’s sentences were later commuted to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, after Canada abolished capital punishment in 1976. 

In 2011, James Hutchison died in prison at the age of 83.

Bergeron was granted parole in 2000, but it was revoked five years later after he assaulted his wife.

In his appeal, Bergeron challenged the reasonableness of the parole board’s decision and said it was based on erroneous or incomplete information.

The appeal division of the board said it does not have the jurisdiction to consider Bergeron’s complaints about what he believes are errors in his file.

The bodies of Const. Michael O’Leary (photo) and Cpl. Aurele Bourgeois were found in shallow graves just outside Moncton. (CBC)

It said the appeal division also does not have the…

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