“Pilot to the stars” Normand Dubé arrives at St-Jérôme courthouse Oct. 31, 2018. He short-circuited power lines in Mirabel in 2014.
Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette
A man convicted last year of sabotaging a large section of Hydro-Québec’s power grid has also been found guilty of arson and criminal harassment targeting municipal employees in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.Normand Dubé, once dubbed “the pilot to the stars,” was handcuffed and immediately detained after the decision. Crown prosecutor Steve Baribeau also announced he will be seeking to have Dubé declared a long-term offender.Dubé was found guilty of four counts of arson and two of criminal harassment. Sentencing arguments will be heard at a later date.“The court considers revenge to be the motive behind the fires,” Quebec Court Judge Gilles Garneau said while reading his decision for more than two hours Monday morning.The arsons targeted people Dubé had been in conflict with through their jobs as public employees, either for the city of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines or, in one case, a customs officer Dubé had once harassed after being fined while importing a helicopter.Dubé was found guilty last year of using a small airplane in 2014 to short circuit two major power lines that are part of the network that brings electricity from northern Quebec to Montreal.More than 180,000 customers, including the McGill University Health Centre and the Laval police, were left without power as Hydro-Québec tried to recover from a power surge generated by the short circuit. A Crown witness said the problem almost caused the entire network to shut down.The damage he caused cost Hydro Québec nearly $30 million.Dubé had received a seven-year prison sentence but was released from detention under conditions while appealing the decision.This story will be updated. email@example.comTwitter.com/jessefeithRelated