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Braeden Benjamin NUGENT





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robberies
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: March 31/May 16, 1995
Date of arrest: December 1995
Date of birth: 1975
Victims profile: Jean Joseph Boutin, 44 / Victor Wilson, 41
Method of murder: Beating - Asphyxia due to blood in the airway
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment. Died of a drug overdose in March 27, 2005 at a southern Ontario prison

Dead inmate was "serial killer in the making"

March 30, 2005

The Thunder Bay resident who died late Sunday at a southern Ontario prison was once described as “a serial killer in the making.”

Braeden Benjamin Nugent, 29, was serving a double life sentence at the Collins Bay Institution for a pair of vicious murders in the spring of 1995. On Sunday night he died after going into medical distress in his cell.

“There was something along the lines of difficulty breathing, that type of thing,” Collins Bay Institution assistant warden Cindy Herrington said Tuesday.

Despite efforts by staff and paramedics, Nugent was pronounced dead at the scene.

A coroner was conducting a post-mortem exam and doing followup tests Tuesday. An official cause of death has not yet been determined.

“At this point in time we don’t suspect any foul play,” Herrington said.

The provincial police joint forces penitentiary squad has begun an investigation, and routine at the 75-year-old facility has been modified to accommodate the officers.

Collins Bay is a medium security prison in the west end of Kingston. It houses about 220 inmates, one-quarter of whom are serving either a life or long-term sentence.

Nugent received life sentences in January 1997 for beating two men to death. He was ordered to serve 18 years before becoming eligible for parole.

The murders of Jean Joseph Boutin and Victor Wilson shocked and terrified the community in early 1995.

On March 31, 1995, Boutin met Nugent, then 19, and a Pickle Lake youth at a bar. While near Hillcrest Park, the young men began beating Boutin, 44. They stole his jewelry and wallet. When they came back, they found Boutin sitting up and wiping blood from his face with a tissue. “Nugent went up to him and kicked him in the face and then repeatedly kicked him in the head until he was once again unconscious,” the prosecutor told the judge.

They later returned, bound Boutin and kicked him again. He was found the next day by a woman walking her dog. The cause of death was asphyxia due to blood in the airway.

On May 16, 1995, 41-year-old Victor Wilson was choked and beaten in an Ambrose Street driveway after encountering Nugent.

“Wilson had been badly beaten in the head to the point of being unrecognizable,” court was told.

Nugent was arrested in December 1995 and pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. He was also convicted of aggravated assault, robbery and willfully setting fires in unrelated incidents.


"Serial killer in the making" died of overdose

October 26, 2005

The Thunder Bay man who had been serving life sentences for a pair of vicious beating deaths in 1995 died of a drug overdose in March at a southern Ontario prison.

A provincial police official said test results indicate Braeden Benjamin Nugent had a high level of prescription medication in his system when he died.

Nugent died at Collins Bay Institution on the evening of March 27 after going into “medical distress” in his cell. Attempts by staff and paramedics to assist him were unsuccessful, Correctional Service of Canada said.

With all signs pointing to a drug overdose, no criminal charges are pending and the investigation is closed, Smith Falls OPP Sgt. Kristine Cholette said Tuesday.

An official with the regional coroner’s office in Kingston said an inquest has not yet been scheduled. A coroner’s inquest is mandatory for a death in custody.

Nugent, 29, was serving a double life sentence for second-degree murder, aggravated assault, arson and robbery. The violence offences stem from incidents in which two men were beaten to death.

On April 1, 1995, the severely beaten and bound body of 44-year-old Jean Joseph Boutin was found in a lane below Hillcrest Park. Nugent and a Pickle Lake youth were convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter, respectively.

On May 17, 1995, Victor Wilson’s bloodied body was found on an Ambrose Street driveway. Wilson, 41, was developmentally disabled and communicated by humming and grunting.

Nugent, who was 20 at the time, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

The arson charge relates to separate incidents in which several Shuniah cottages were set on fire.

A police investigator referred to Nugent as a “serial killer in the making.”



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