It is a sprawling affair revealed by Le Parisien in 2018, which mixes conspiracy, family inheritance and attempted assassination. June Hopkins, a 60-year-old American and her son Brendan Walsh, were sentenced this Friday in Paris to 16 and 12 years’ imprisonment for having attempted to assassinate the latter’s French father. In 2010, while June Hopkins and his son had not seen the latter’s father, Grégoire Lautissier, for fifteen years, went to France to reconnect with him. June Hopkins would like her son to take his father’s name, the steps are taken. In the summer, an argument breaks out when Grégoire Lautissier realizes that his American family had searched his papers, in particular those concerning his father’s estate. His son would then have sprinkled him with barbecue lighter, before trying to operate a lighter. The court chose to reclassify this first attempted murder as intentional violence, “mainly for lack of material elements”, justified the president Christophe Petiteau. Lautissier and his sister in 2015, in front of their home. They had been attacked by “the Americans”, who had tried to strangle them, motorcycle helmets on their heads. “What the investigators do not yet know” at the time, said Advocate General Olivier Bray in his requisitions , is that June Hopkins and her “armed wing” son had lived for three years “in a vacuum” in Paris, devoting all of their time to spying on and harassing Grégoire Lautissier, driven by a “fierce hatred, a absolute desire for revenge.” In their cellar, the investigators had found camera glasses, camouflage vests, masks, a saw, a machete and an axe. Grégoire Lautissier “fell into a deep depression”, his life became “hell”, and his family had “asked nothing”, he hammered. “Drug trafficker” and “Russian mafia” Both defendants have always contested the accusations, presenting themselves as victims of a “conspiracy” by the father and his relatives to eliminate them. ” Why ? “, has not stopped asking the court since the start of the trial on Monday, without obtaining a coherent answer. “The conspiracy is a smokescreen”, swept the general counsel. “We created a story to legitimize the actions”. It’s a “crazy story”, they look “amateurs” but it’s not “funny”. June Hopkins’ lawyer, Sophie Rey-Gascon. “Otherwise, she would not have spent three years locked up” in this “irrational” project, she continued, recalling the microphones stashed in front of Grégoire Lautissier, the theories around “hitmen”, “drug traffickers “and” Russian mafia “. “It’s nonsense”, but “we don’t have the keys to understand”, estimated the lawyer, regretting that her client only knew a psychiatric expertise – who had concluded that there was no problem. June Hopkins, always “whimsical” and “radiant” is also the woman raped by her father during her childhood, recalled her defense. “She smiles all the time” but “almost like a broken doll”. “I never intended to hurt anyone,” she said in her last words to the court. For his part, Brendan Walsh “does a job on him”, he understands today today that he “was swept away in the paranoid delirium” of his mother, pleaded his lawyer, Julie February. “I had time to reflect in prison, I realized the harm I had done. I’m sorry,” he said.
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