Canadian gets life sentence for killing six in Quebec mosque shooting

Alexandre Bissonnette

Quebec City mosque shooter sentenced to life with no parole for 40 years

"29 January 2017 is a date that will remain written in blood in this city, this province, this country", he said, as reported by Radio-Canada, the French arm of national broadcaster CBC.

The judge said that in the years leading up to the shooting Bissonnette increasingly drank alcohol and experienced anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty past year to six counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder in relation to the shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on 29 January 2017.

But other judges have rejected calls for consecutive sentences, including the Toronto judge who on Friday sentenced Bruce McArthur to life in prison with no parole for 25 years for murdering eight men with ties to Toronto's gay village.

Some experts say it highlights the ongoing legal debate over consecutive life sentences in Canada.

On January 29, 2017, Bissonnette entered a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers and began shooting at worshippers there.

The Crown had recommended that the 29-year-old Bissonnette serve six consecutive sentences totalling 150 years.

But Huot said Bissonnette had previously considered attacking other targets including feminists, shopping centres and airports.

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"The US Supreme Court would not find a 150-year [term] cruel and unusual punishment", Huot said earlier in the day, but added "punishment should not be vengeance". 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.

For relatives of the victims and Quebec City's wider Muslim community, the sentence could also bring some closure to a courtroom drama that has been both painful and cathartic.

As the 240-page verdict was read over a six-hour period, Bissonnette sat quietly in the packed courtroom, gazing at his feet while his parents and several friends and family of the victims wiped tears from their eyes.

Silver agreed that the Bissonnette sentencing is also likely to be appealed, and she believes that's a good thing. The judge cited Bissonette's mental health issues, including an obsession with suicide.

Six men were killed and five were seriously injured, one of whom is now quadriplegic.

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He told police investigators that he believed a terrorist attack was imminent and felt he "had to do something".

Bissonnette could be looking at the longest sentence in Canadian history. He referred to numerous attacks in Europe as well as the 2014 shooting in Ottawa outside Parliament and said he "lost it" after learning Canada was preparing to take in more refugees.

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