possession of a loaded firearm | Two years in prison for rapper White-B

White-B, one of the faces of Quebec rap for a few years, was sentenced Wednesday to two less years in prison a day for pointing a gun at a construction worker over a trivial Chihuahua story. The judge strongly condemned the “extremely serious” effects of gun violence.

Posted at 1:15 p.m

Louis Samuel Perron

Louis Samuel Perron
The press

William Theriault

William Theriault
The press

The collective 5Sang14 rapper, real name David Bouchard-Sasseville, received his conviction by phone Wednesday from an Ontario jail at the Montreal Courthouse. The aspiring rapper has been serving a two-year sentence since February on additional charges of possession of a firearm and commodification of sexual services. Surprisingly, White-B’s legal troubles were never made public.

White-B has been well known on the Quebec hip hop scene since 2017. He has released four albums, filled venues across Quebec and amassed several million streams across multiple platforms. In some of his music videos he brazenly appears with guns. Violence and drug culture are also permeated into his songs.

“I have a successful career that makes me a lot of money,” White-B said when the judge asked him about his job.

He also sings a duet with Loud in the latest single of Quebec rap heavyweights, released last month. Contacted by The pressLoud declined to comment.

David Bouchard-Sasseville pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded firearm last November. The 27-year-old Montrealer assaulted a worker driving a truck to work in a Montreal alley in August 2019, according to evidence presented at the preliminary investigation.

“Ouch, my dog! hear the victim scream. As the cement worker comes out of his truck, he sees a small Chihuahua coming out of the bushes. Then David Bouchard-Sasseville comes along and accuses him of nearly killing his dog. “He yells nonsense at him that he’s going to kill him,” summarizes the verdict on the subpoena.

The cement worker then unpacks his tools to get to work a few meters away. The worker sees the rapper near his truck with a rock in his hand and returns to him to challenge the criminal. White-B then pulls a gun from his pocket, described by the victim as a “small black-barreled revolver”.

“If he shows his gun, [l’accusé] says: “That, you think, it’s a fake?”. Less than five feet separates it from [la victime] who at the time feared being shot,” describes the verdict of the preliminary investigation. Note that the defendant has pleaded not guilty to using a firearm.

“It’s a traumatic experience for victims when a gun is pointed at them. Disputes cannot be settled that way. It’s extremely annoying,” Judge Manlio Del Negro said on Wednesday morning.

The judge also insisted on denouncing the scourge of gun violence in Montreal as that crime escalates. “It’s becoming a social issue, an issue for young people, a societal issue that has extremely serious repercussions,” Judge Del Negro said.


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White-B’s relatives and manager, real name David Bouchard-Sasseville, attended the sentencing hearing at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday morning.

When the judge learned during the hearing that the defendant was a popular rapper, he recalled that many rappers have been involved in “gun confrontations.”

“He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Think about that sentence during your time in prison,” the judge told the defendant.

David Bouchard-Sasseville apologized to the victim and reiterated that he made “mistakes” as a “young adult.” He said he was “willing to pay the price” to never go back to prison. “I grew up, I matured, I changed,” he said.

But after showing some regrets, the rapper was proud to be one of Montreal’s most popular artists. “I do the biggest festivals, I do the Francofolies. I have sold out the metropolis, i have sold out Club Soda, I sold out in Quebec and Sherbrooke. The next step was to go to France to further my career,” the rapper said.

The judge’s sentence of two years in prison, less than a day, is relatively lenient. However, this is a common suggestion from lawyers that the judge could hardly refuse. The Crown Attorney, Mr.and Christine Desjarlais referred to the possible remedies available to the defendant under the Charter to justify such a judgement.

The director of Joy Ride Records, White-B’s record label, was called for comment and declined to comment on his client’s future. “I don’t have all the elements of the story yet. I will make a decision with a clear head,” said Carlos Munoz The press.

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