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A Quebec man who stood accused of stalking and murdering his ex-girlfriend confessed to killing her this Thursday. The man was charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years. 24-year-old Anthony Pratte-Lops murdered his ex-girlfriend, 18-year old Daphne Huard-Boudreault, in the apartment the two shared together back in March of 2017. Pratte-Lops reportedly stabbed Huard-Boudreault 15 times after ambushing her at their Mont-St-Hilarie apartment, just 45 kilometres southeast of Montreal.
Daphné Huard-Boudreault had contacted police on the morning of her murder, stating that Pratte-Lops was waiting for her in front of her workplace. A policewoman arrived in a separate car and escorted the young woman home to obtain her belongings. Sadly, that is when Pratte-Lops ambushed and murdered her. Police also discovered that Huard-Boudreault's throat had been slit.
Pratte-Lops was arrested shortly after the murder and was charged with first-degree murder. According to witness statements, the young man had been unable to deal with the fact that Huard-Boudreault had broken up with him after supposedly having an affair with another man.
Court proceedings were cut short this past Thursday after Pratte-Lops pleaded guilty to the crime. Pratte-Lops pleaded guilty in order to receive a reduced charge of unpremeditated murder. His trial for premeditated murder charges had initially been scheduled to begin next week before he pleaded guilty.
Huard-Boudreault's family was present at the hearing and offered up a heart-wrenching victim's statement:
"I think I could never have imagined an indescribable and unspeakable suffering. Our lives were completely destroyed, "stated the victim's father, Eric Boudreault, to La Presse. Pratte-Lops will have to serve a total of 18 years before he can become eligible for parole.