Bianca Rojas-Latraverse was sentenced in the Canadian city of Longueuil after pleading guilty for her part in the December 2011 crime, which left Duhamel badly beaten. The crime occurred just months after she and the Canadian poker champ ended their relationship.
The WSOP Gold Bracelet he won from taking out the 2010 Main Event was stolen along with a gold Rolex watch and around $115,000 in cash as a result of the invasion. The invaders, who Duhamel initially believed were delivery workers, beat Duhamel until he agreed to open his safe, which contained the valuables.
Rojas-Latraverse pleaded guilty to three of the five charges against her, which were kidnapping, break & enter and conspiracy to commit an armed robbery. The 21-year-old has already served 18 months of her sentence and will be imprisoned for a maximum of two more years followed by three years of probation.
The sentence was described as “stiff” by the preciding judge, Anne-Marie Jacques. Judge Jacques said she handed down such a sentence due to Rojas-Latraverse’s “behaviour behind bars and her total lack of introspection” as well as her total lack of remorse throughout the court proceedings.
Duhamel blasted into the world of poker after his 2010 WSOP Main Event victory, where the then 23-year-old won just under $9 million. He has since become a mainstay in professional poker tournaments around the world, having taken out the €10,000 High Roller event at the 2011 EPT Deauville in France as well as the $5,000 No Limit 8 Max event at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.
The 25-year-old Canadian also came in second place at the $25,000 No Limit 8 Max High Roller tournament at the same event, winning over $634,000 for his efforts. He has total live tournament winnings of over $11.3 million and has participated in at least four events at this year’s WSOPin Las Vegas, getting in the money in three of them.
Another suspect in the invasion, robbery and assault of Duhamel, Andres Valderrama, has also pleaded guilty to the crime while two others, Anthony Bourque and John Clark-Lemay, are currently awaiting trial.