Soldier attacks gay lover, shoots up car dealership, court told

Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A rampaging soldier brutalized his gay lover in a drunken hotel tryst and after cops cut him loose, he shot up a car dealership.

Cpl. Jonathan Laporte's violent spree nearly ended in his own death after a police officer came within an instant of firing on the armed man.

Laporte pleaded guilty Friday to weapons and assault offences after running amok in the wee hours of Feb. 9, 2011, according to facts read in by Crown attorney Julie Scott.

Laporte, 25, now faces a mandatory minimum four-year prison sentence, but the court ordered a mental health assessment and defence lawyer Peter Beach has vowed to pursue a constitutional challenge.

It all started with an ad on Craigslist.

The victim, who'd posted the ad, was up for some no-strings-attached gay sex and agreed to meet Laporte at the Days Inn on Hunt Club Rd.

Booze led to sex acts, though Laporte was having trouble maintaining his enthusiasm.

A naked Laporte got drunker and then aggressive, demanding the victim tell no one about their tryst. He grabbed the victim by the neck and started squeezing.

Laporte then flew at a hotel guest and the desk clerk before assailing his lover once more; police arrived to find his hands closed around the man's throat.

Cops figured they could release Laporte, who had no criminal record, on a promise to appear.

"Dumb things happen when you've been drinking," Laporte said as cops dropped him off at his nearby home.

At 5:15 a.m. -- less than an hour later -- Laporte sprayed a BMW dealership with bullets, using a handgun to shoot his way into the showroom after his shotgun jammed.


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