POLITICS

Inmate who made helicopter escape in 2013 faces two first-degree murder charges

03/12/2015 03:00 EDT | Updated 05/12/2015 05:59 EDT
SAINT-JEROME, Que. - An inmate who made a dramatic helicopter escape from a Quebec prison in 2013 is facing two charges of first-degree murder and three of attempted murder.

The Crown has filed a preferred indictment against Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, meaning he will go directly to trial without a preliminary hearing.

He was already in prison when the charges were laid.

The first-degree murder charges relate to two shooting deaths that occurred within a week of each other in 2012.

The 38-year-old Hudon-Barbeau was quickly recaptured after using a chopper to flee the prison in Saint-Jerome in March 2013.