05/11/2015 06:57 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Franck Gervais sentencing for wearing illegal Nov. 11 military gear begins

A sentencing hearing is expected to begin today for the man who pleaded guilty to illegally wearing a military uniform and medals during the 2014 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.​

The west Quebec man pleaded guilty in March to the charges of unlawful use of military uniforms and unlawful use of military decoration while dressed as a sergeant. Two charges of impersonating a public officer were withdrawn.

Gervais was wearing the Canadian Armed Forces ceremonial dress uniform of a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Regiment at the Nov. 11 ceremony broadcast live by CBC News.

He was also wearing the Medal of Bravery, the Special Service Medal with one bar, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, the NATO Medal for Kosovo and a Canadian Forces Decoration for 12 years of service.

After a brief interview during the live broadcast, in which Gervais spoke as a "sergeant," a number of veterans and soldiers called CBC News to question his status as a soldier.

Gervais is not a member of the Canadian Forces.

Court heard Gervais was a cadet for several years in the 1990s, but never joined the military.

Gervais, who is from Cantley, Que., was arrested in Ottawa in November and later charged.

His misrepresentations on Nov. 11 did not end at the Remembrance Day ceremony, according to the agreed statement of facts heard in court.

Gervais and his wife went to the Canadian War Museum where author Rod McLeod was promoting his book, Vigil, the statement said. Gervais spoke to McLeod and an officer with the Canadian reserves, falsely claiming he had been a paratrooper and had earned the Medal of Bravery.