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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Jan. 13)
Orléans realtor gets 11 years for attacking wife with baseball bat

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Disgraced Orléans Realtor Chris Hoare will be spending a minimum of two more years behind bars for attacking his wife with a baseball bat in their Convent Glen home.

Hoare was handed an 11-year sentence on Wednesday, but with time served he will be eligible for day parole as early as next month, and full parole in two years.

For now, Hoare will remain in custody pending the outcome of a potential parole hearing.

The former real estate agent has been in custody since April 2, 2014 when he was arrested following an unprovoked attack on his wife in their garage.

According to testimony given at his trial, Hoare was desperate to prevent his wife from going out on shopping trip. Unbeknownst to his wife, he owed more than $200,000 ain back taxes and was on the verge of bankruptcy.

When she informed him that she wanted to go shopping, he told her that he had a present for her in the garage.

Once they were in the garage, he asked his wife to close her eyes. She did as he asked and was immediately struck on the side of her head with a heavy object that turned out to be their son's Little League baseball bat.

When she started to scream, he fell on top of her and tried to suffocate her with a rag.

She managed to escape out from under him and ran outside where a neughbour came to her aid and called 9-1-1.

Hoare was arrested and later charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and choking. He was found guilty of all charges last May.

The Crown petitioned the judge to sentence Hoare to a maximum 15 years, while his defence attorney argued for a seven year sentence less time served.

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