“Bacot had no right to kill the man who terrorized her,” prosecutor Eric Jallet said at the trial. He therefore pleaded for a conviction of the woman without imprisoning her. Plus, “her four kids need her,” Jallet concluded.
The prosecutor then demanded a sentence of five years in prison, of which four years suspended. Bacot eventually gets four years in prison, three of which are probation. Since she has been in custody for a year, that means that Valérie Bacot is now released. Her punishment is therefore mainly symbolic.