An American mother and son have been sentenced to 16 and 12 years in prison for trying to kill a French father

For several months, John Hopkins and her son spied on the latter’s father before attempting to assassinate him twice.

A mother and her American son were sentenced, Friday, May 13, in Paris, to 16 and 12 years of criminal imprisonment for attempting to assassinate the father of the last Frenchman, on the grounds of “conspiracy” and family inheritance.

The Assize Court also issued a permanent 15-year ban on entering French territory for June Hopkins, 60, and from the Paris region, on her son Brendan Walsh, 30. And she acknowledged the judgment of the weak son, which the prosecution described as “under the cutFrom his mother.

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In 2010, John Hopkins and her son had just reconnected with the latter’s father, Gregoire L., whom they had not seen for fifteen years. John Hopkins would like her son to take his father’s name. The steps have been completed. In the summer, an argument erupted when Grégoire L. realized that his American family had searched his papers, particularly those relating to his father’s property. Next, his son sprayed it with a barbecue lighter, before trying to turn on a lighter.

a “Fierce hatred, an absolute desire for revenge»

The court has chosen to reclassify this first attempted murder as intentional violence.”Mainly due to lack of material elementsOn the other hand, John Hopkins and Brendan Walsh were found guilty of attempts to assassinate Gregoire L. and his sister in 2015, in front of their home. They had been assaulted byAmericansThose who tried to strangle them, put motorcycle helmets on their heads. “What the investigators don’t know yetAt the time, Attorney General Olivier Bray said in his requests, that John Hopkins and his government “armed armOf the sons lived three yearsin isolationIn Paris, they devote all their time to spying on and harassing Grégoire L., motivated by “Fierce hatred, an absolute desire for revenge“.

In their basement, investigators found camera glasses, camouflage jackets, masks, a saw, a machete, and an axe. Gregory L.I fell into a deep depressionwho became his lifeHelland his family”ask for nothing‘, beats.

broken doll»

The two defendants have always disputed the accusations, presenting themselves asConspiracyFrom the father and his relatives to eliminate them. “For any reason ?He hasn’t stopped questioning the court since the trial began on Monday, without getting a coherent answer.

The conspiracy is a smokescreen“Sweeps the attorney general.”We created a story to legalize the actions“. that it “crazy story“It looks like”from the amateurs“But it isn’t.”funny“.”Of course she believes in this conspiracy‘, in defense of Johns Hopkins’ attorney, Sophie Ray Gascon.Otherwise, she wouldn’t have spent three years in prison“In this project”illogical‘And, she continued, noting the microphones hidden in front of Grégoire L., the theories aboutContract killers“,”Drug dealers” And “Russian mafia“.

This is nonsense“, But “We don’t have the keys to understand“, appreciates the lawyer, and regrets that her client only knew psychiatric expertise – which concluded there was no disorder. For his part, Brendan Walsh”do some work on itToday, he understands thatHe was swept away in paranoid deliriumHis mother, lawyer Julie Feb.

John Hopkins, alwayscheerful” And “radiantShe is also the woman who was raped by her father in her childhood, recalls her defence. “smile all the time” But “Almost like a broken doll“.For the first time in the box, the American with a long curl of blond hair cries in the back.”I never meant to hurt anyoneShe will say in her last words to the court. Eyes red with tears, Brendan Walsh looked at his French family. “I had time to think about prison, I realized the damage it caused. I’m sorry“. Grégoire L.’s sister nodded, and his brother did not move. In court, Grégoire L., who was clearly damaged, said he hoped his son would be cured.”Would you be ready to resume the relationship with him?asked the chief. “no“.

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