Raynald Desjardins leaves the Joliette courthouse after being charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of mobster Salvatore Montagna on Wednesday morning.
Raynald Desjardins, a high ranking mobster who is close to reputed boss Vito Rizzuto, was formally charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder Wednesday morning at the Joliette Courthouse.
Police allege the 58 year old reputed gangster assassinated a rival who was trying to assume control of the Montreal mafia.
The 40 year old victim, Salvatore Montagna, was the former head of New York's notorious Bonnano crime family.
Montagna was shot and killed on November 24th in Charlemagne.
In addition to Desjardins, three other men are charged in the murder: 34-year-old Vittorio Mirarchi, 27 year old Felice Racaniello, and 67 year old Jack Simpson.
Two other suspects, Calogero Milioto and Pietro Magistrale, were arraigned on several weapons charges.
Raynald Desjardins returns to court January 4, 2012.