Canada mosque shooter jailed for life | #99593

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

A Canadian man who shot six worshippers to death in a Quebec City mosque was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

Huot rejected the prosecutor's request, saying it was "unreasonable", and explained that a sentence of more than 50 years would be a cruel and unusual punishment, CTV reported.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty past year to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder for the attack, a rare Canadian mass shooting, QNA said in a report.

Armed with a rifle and a handgun, Bissonnette opened fire in a crowded room at the Quebec City mosque shortly after evening prayers two years ago.

Six men were killed and five were seriously injured. The sixth attempted murder charge related to others who were nearby in the mosque.

While he did not strike down the section, he rewrote it to give himself the discretion to deliver consecutive life sentences that are not in blocks of 25 years, as had been the case.

"I had hoped for justice for the victims, for the people who died, and that the sentence reflected the seriousness of the crime", he said.

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Justice Francois Huot said Bissonnette's actions in entering the mosque at the end of prayers and shooting congregants were not a "terrorist" attack, but motivated by prejudice, particularly toward Muslim immigrants.

Some experts say it highlights the ongoing legal debate over consecutive life sentences in Canada. Even if the judge decides the sentences should be served concurrently, it does not necessarily mean Bissonnette would walk out of prison after 25 years.

Recent high-profile sentencing decisions across Canada have reflected different judicial approaches to the idea of multiple life sentences.

The attack on the house of worship sent shockwaves across Quebec and Canada, and left the victims' families and friends, as well as Muslim communities across the country, reeling. He said people in the community are "almost unanimous" that serving just 25 years would not be enough considering six people were murdered.

But she said people should understand that a sentence isn't about putting a numerical value on a person's life. Justin Bourque in New Brunswick, Dellen Millard in Ontario and Derek Saretzky in Alberta all received that sentence for triple murders.

"We want to appeal to Quebec society to understand us, to understand the pain we are in today, the disappointment we feel", he said.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder.

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