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Hells Angels assassin will stay behind bars

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MONTREAL — A Hells Angels assassin who murdered a prison guard in broad daylight in 1997 will stay behind bars, Quebec's highest court has ruled.

The Quebec Court of Appeal rejected a bid by Hells Angels hitman Paul "Fonfon" Fontaine to have his 2009 conviction overturned.

Fontaine was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Pierre Rondeau, a prison guard who was ambushed as he was driving his bus in east-end Montreal on Sept. 8, 1997. Rondeau's colleague, Robert Corriveau, narrowly escaped.

Fontaine then went into hiding, including a stint in Mexico, during which time he lived under a name he had stolen from a child who died in 1956.

Meanwhile, in 2002, Hells kingpin Maurice "Mom" Boucher was convicted for ordering the deaths of Rondeau and another prison guard, Diane Lavigne, who was shot in her car while driving home north of Montreal.

Boucher's trial heard the Hells boss was trying to destabilize the justice system during the bloody '90s gang war in which bikers killed 150 rivals, officials and bystanders.

Fontaine was a member of the notorious Nomads chapter of the Hells, responsible for numerous murders.

He was arrested in 2004 and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

The killer claims testimony by three informants was "incomplete" and that the trial judge made several legal errors.

Among Fontaine's claims was that he had been deprived of his right to be present for all aspects of his case, including closed-door hearings.

The three-member appeals court panel rejected all of Fontaine's arguments on Monday.

Writer: Brian Daly
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