Romeo Cormier is a hardened criminal in New Brunswick.  His latest crime was to kidnap a 55-year-old woman, a complete stranger, torture and sexually assault her.  Eventually she escaped.

Mr. Cormier’s defense lawyer argued that his client’s inability to feel empathy was a mitigating factor in the case.  He asked for a sentence of 10-12 years.

The Crown asked for life with no possibility of parole.

The judge sentenced Cormier to 18 years.  Even if he is held to the end of his sentence will the streets be safer when he gets out?  Shouldn’t a judge consider not only the safety of the community today, but of the community tomorrow.

Was his crime serious enough to merit an indefinite term?  Surely the abduction, indefinite enslavement and indefinite sexual torture should be grounds for a life term. The damage done to the 55-year-old victim and her family is extreme.

Should the Crown appeal this sentence?

Is 18 years enough?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    “…his client’s inability to feel empathy was a mitigating factor in the case.”

    Actually, his client’s inability to feel empathy IS the case. That makes him a sociopath, and that makes him dangerous. There is no cure. Nor is there any therapy that works.

    Put him in prison for the rest of his life. No parole. Ever.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    If all sociopaths are dangerous, should they all be locked up?

  3. 3

    Yes. Locked up or monitored for life.

  4. 4

    No, not all of them. Just the ones who become violent criminals.

    Sociopathy is a natural thing, and has its uses, but when a sociopath decides to turn criminal, he becomes exceedingly dangerous, because he has no boundaries at all.

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    jim Says:

    When this psychopath gets out of jail he will be 73. Will he have anything left?

  6. 6

    Hi Lady J.
    I misunderstand sociopathy. Please explain the natural aspect and the uses. PS: I am not being sarcastic.
    I thought they were all capable of violent, criminal behaviour because of a lack of conscience.

  7. 7

    Patti, sociopaths are not governed by their emotions, as most people are. They have emotions (except for empathy), but they have the ability to tuck them away when they become inconvenient and get on with whatever needs to be done. Emotions for them are more of an accessory than regular wardrobe. In the field of medicine, this makes for excellent diagnosticians or forensic examiners, for example. And surgeons. It would make for very bad general practitioners or pediatricians.

    And everyone is capable of violence. Everyone. “Conscience” has nothing to do with it. I’m not even sure what that is. But when it comes to what a sociopath is capable of doing, he has no boundaries that are dictated by “society” (whatever that is). He is more driven by technical curiosity than by anything else. Cormier did not necessarily get emotional satisfaction out of torturing his victims — he was very likely simply responding to an urge to test her capacity for enduring his abuses.

    Sociopaths can be very useful when it comes to analyzing the whys and the wherefores of things. They are not good as babysitters, parents, lovers, or teachers (although they do tend to be excellent chameleons, and can often fool the people around them for years about their true character).

  8. 8

    Thanks for the fine explanation.
    I guess a conscience is that inner voice that knows right from wrong. I have a perfect inner voice… Not to say that I always listen (ed) to it. :-0
    Now that you’ve described a sociopath so well, I am sure that I have crossed paths with a few in my time & thank goodness I did listen to that inner voice & run!

  9. 9

    Why run? Unless they’re engaged in criminal behavior (and very few do that), they’re not dangerous, and they can be very interesting people!

  10. 10

    Thanks to your description, I can clearly identify some people I knew They were argumentative, confrontational, often conspiracy theorists, arrogant, and very time consuming and smothering, and as you said “deceptive”.
    When I was younger, I would give time to all kinds of people, but as I get older, I am far more selective and cautious.
    It seems there is more sociopathic behaviour than ever. One look inside elementary schools is scary.

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