Steven R. Bourgeois
My dad grew up with the Bourgeois family, so this crime was a little too close for comfort.
April 8, 2006- Tracy Mei, 34, is lying in a pool of her own blood on the floor of her garage.
Let’s take a look at the chain of events that led to this point. Tracy was the live-in girlfriend of Steven R. Bourgeois, 43, of Westminster, MA.
April 8th started like any other day, people woke up, ate, went to work. Police patrolled the small town streets and the rural backroads. Happy citizens took their trash out to the curb for collection. Just another day in backwoods Massachusetts. Until…
Steve and Tracy had a blow-out argument over some stereo equipment that had been accidentally thrown out. He went outside, she went into the garage, and that is when all hell broke loose. Suddenly, Steve’s truck come crashing through the garage door, striking an ATV, which in turn pinned Tracy to the wall. Seeing that the love of his life was not entirely dead, Steve grabbed an ax and promptly began swinging it at her. Tracy’s 8 year-old son (from a previous relationship) heard his mother crying and screaming “Ouch! No, Steven! Stop!” Steve didn’t stop.
The boy called his uncle for help after Steve sent him inside. By the time EMTs arrived, Steve had fled the scene in his pick-up truck. Police recovered the ax that he used to maul Tracy. His own family turned him and his truck in the same day after they found Steve in the nearby town of Hubbardston.
To make things worse, Tracy didn’t die right away. She lingered for NINE days. NINE DAYS! She suffered for over a week from skull fractures and brain lacerations, caused by Steve hacking at her head with an ax, before succumbing to her injuries. She also had a broken leg (from the ATV,) and lacerations all over her body from being struck with the ax.
Bourgeois’ attorney argued that because of Steve’s history of mental illness, he could not have formed the criminal intent necessary to be convicted of first degree murder.
District Attorney Thomas Landry offered a deal: “Plea guilty in exchange for the lesser sentence of second degree murder and we won’t have our star witness (Tracy’s 8 year old son) testify to what he saw and heard.”
Steve took the deal. He was convicted on May 4, 2007 and will be eligible for parole in 13 years. If he had been convicted of first degree murder, he would not have the chance of parole.
Tracy left behind three children.
Does Steven R. Bourgeois Deserve Hell?
- Yes (97%, 391 Votes)
- No (3%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 402
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