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08/06/2014 01:24 EDT | Updated 10/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Robert Gaudette faces new charges in Laval prison escape

Convicted killer Robert Gaudette is at the Laval courthouse Wednesday following his escape from a federal detention centre.

The 55-year-old Gaudette is facing charges of absconding, attempting escape and being unlawfully at large after he walked away from the Montée St-François institution in Laval last week — a minimum-security prison.

He had been serving a life sentence without possibility of parole before 12 years for the second degree murder of his wife, Cindy Bouchard. He killed her in 2000 and was convicted two years later.

Gaudette was captured and arrested Sunday night in Quebec City, just a few blocks away from the Citadel. He was returned to the prison he escaped from on Monday following an appearance at the Quebec City courthouse.

Now he’s facing up to 10 more years in prison for the escape if he’s convicted.

It is believed that Gaudette escaped via a window during the night of July 28.

A 59-year-old man from Rigaud, Claude Hamelin, was arrested last week for allegedly acting as an Gaudette’s prison-break accomplice.

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