former international Tony Vairelles sentenced to five years in prison, three of which are closed

Tried for a shooting outside a nightclub near Nancy in 2011, former RC Lens striker Tony Vairelles was sentenced to five years in prison, two of which were suspended. His brothers were also convicted.

Tony Vairelles is fixed. On the dock in Nancy, the former RC Lens striker was tried at the end of March, alongside three of his brothers, for a shooting that occurred in 2011, at the exit of the nightclub “Les 4 aces”, in Essay- lès-Nancy, who injured the guards of the establishment. On Monday, he was sentenced to five years in prison, two of which were suspended. The prosecutor François Pérain had requested against him three years in prison, without a warrant of committal. He had already served five months in pre-trial detention in 2012.

His brothers also condemned

Initially indicted for attempted murder, Vairelles, absent on Monday, benefited from a reclassification of the facts and appeared for “violence in a meeting, with premeditation and with a weapon”. He can appeal against this judgment. His three brothers were also sentenced to prison terms: 5 years including 2 suspended sentences also for Fabrice Vairelles and 3 years including 2 suspended sentences for Jimmy and Giovan. They were tried for having opened fire and injured three security guards at a nightclub in Essey-lès-Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) in 2011. The four defendants were banned from carrying and possessing weapons for five years.

On the night of October 22 to 23, 2011, Giovan and Jimmy, two of Tony’s brothers, had an argument with the guards because of the ban on keeping your drink on the dance floor. The argument had degenerated and had continued in the parking lot of the establishment. The three security guards were given suspended prison sentences: three months for one and four months for the other two. They were prosecuted for violence in meetings with weapons, in this case “a tear gas canister, security barriers and a truncheon”.

The prosecution had also requested a four-month suspended sentence for one of the security guards, and the release for the other two, recognizing self-defense. The councils of Vairelles had also pleaded the nullity of the procedure, arguing the slowness of the investigation which saw four successive examining magistrates in ten years, a request rejected by the court.

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