Many remember when a Farrellton school teacher was murdered on Valley Drive 15 years ago – but few know her killer only served six years for manslaughter
By Anastasia Philopoulos
The man who killed his girlfriend with an X-acto knife on Valley Drive over 15 years ago walked away a free man after only serving six years in prison.
According to documents obtained by the Low Down, Gilles Lemieux, charged with manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years for the murder of Micheline Cuerrier, was released in May 2005, after serving less than half of his original sentence.
On October 15 1998, 25-year-old Cuerrier was driving with recently estranged ex-boyfriend, Lemieux, then 39. The pair was heading to St. Joseph Elementary in Farrellton, where Cuerrier worked as a third grade teacher. According to parole documents, Lemieux was “unable to accept the breakup,” and after threatening to kill himself, he took an X-acto knife to Cuerrier’s throat.
While Cuerrier managed to flag down a Wakefield couple for help, the elementary school teacher died on the side of the road in front of McGarry Funeral Home. Lemieux and the knife were picked up not far from the scene of the crime.