Former journalist Jonah Keri chats with his lawyer, Jeffery Boro, as he arrives for sentencing at the 
 Montreal courthouse on Wednesday.

Quebec Court Judge Alexandre Dalmau said he had to weigh Keri’s efforts at rehabilitation since he was charged over the importance of denouncing the crimes Keri committed over a long period of time. Keri admitted to committing 14 incidents of violence against the victim between July 5, 2018, and Jan. 27, 2019, a period of just under seven months.

“The repetitive nature of the violent acts is an aggravating circumstance. This is not a case involving an isolated act, but rather recurrent conduct by the offender over a long period. This observation must absolutely be taken into consideration in sentencing. The court is therefore in the delicate situation where the appropriate balance must be struck between the objectives of denunciation and deterrence and those related to the rehabilitation of the offender,” the judge said.

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