|Rene Charlebois escaped from Montée Saint-François prison in Laval, Que., on Saturday. (QMI Agency file photo)
LAVAL, Que. - A notorious murderer and former Hells Angels member escaped Saturday night from a minimum-security federal prison north of Montreal, authorities said.
Prison guards discovered that Rene Charlebois, 48, was missing around 10:45 p.m. during a head count at the Montee Saint-Francois prison in Laval, Que.
Charlebois, who was reportedly close with incarcerated former Hells leader Maurice "Mom" Boucher, started serving an "indeterminate sentence" in federal prison in 2003, according to Correctional Service Canada spokesman Serge Abergel.
He has been convicted of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, participating in a criminal organizations and drug charges.
Abergel said Charlebois was eligible for full parole in March 2016 "but that is likely going to change after this event."
Charlebois pleaded guilty to murdering Claude DeSerre, a Hells member-turned-police informant. DeSerre's body was found in February 2000 about 70 km north of Montreal. He was tied up in a chalet and shot in the head.
When police found his body they discovered the audio recording device they gave DeSerre recorded the last moments of his death, including the voice of his murderer.
Quebec prison authorities told QMI Agency inmates are often transferred to minimum-security prisons to serve out the remainder of their sentence.
The Surete du Québec issued a warrant for Charlebois' arrest.
The Correctional Service of Canada will open an investigation to try to determine how Charlebois escaped.
Less than a year ago, another Saint-Francois inmate escaped. Prisoner Gilles Meloche told QMI Agency that all he had to do to leave the prison was "push the door." Meloche was caught shortly after his escape.