Quebec City mosque shooter sentenced to 40 years before possibility of parole

11 February, 2019, 01:27 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Quebec City mosque shooter sentenced to life with no parole for 40 years

A university student at the time of the shooting, Bissonnette appeared to have been seduced by nationalist and supremacist ideologies into committing this "unjustified and deadly" massacre that sought to "undermine our fundamental societal values", the judge said.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty a year ago to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection to the 2017 attack at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center.

While first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, Huot said he had to decide how long Bissonnette would have to wait before he could ask for parole.

However, in the two years since the attack, some in the Muslim community say the outpouring of support has dried up.

On the evening of January 29, 2017, Bissonnette burst into the Quebec City mosque and unleashed a hail of bullets on the 40 men and four children who were chatting among themselves after evening prayers.

But he rejected the Crown's request for six consecutive life sentences, which would have prevented Bissonnette from seeking parole for 150 years and guaranteed that he end his life behind bars.

"You killed six of your compatriots whose only crime was to be different than yourself", Mr Huot said in court.

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.

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Superior Court Justice François Huot is set to hand down Friday a sentence for gunman Alexandre Bissonnette. The judge quoted Bissonnette's statement after the shootings: "I regret not having killed more people".

While serial killer Bruce McArthur was handed 25 years of parole ineligibility in a Toronto courtroom this morning, the longest prison sentence in Canadian history could be handed out to another mass murderer.

At the start of his trial in 2017, he said he had been suicidal, "swept away by fear and by terrible despair", and deeply regretted his "unforgivable" actions. The judge cited Bissonette's mental health issues, including an obsession with suicide.

Like the rest of the world, Islamophobia has become a problem in Canada. During a sentencing hearing last June, the conversation began to shift to the appropriate way to punish a crime that was, in many ways, unprecedented in Canadian history.

He also pleaded guilty to six counts of attempted murder, including one count for the 35 people who were present in the mosque at the time of the shooting but who were not injured. "I am not a terrorist, I am not an Islamophobe".

Shortly after his arrest, Bissonnette told police that the attack was motivated by immigration in Canada.

One of the man's victim who was paralyzed in the attack, Aymen Derbali, said that numerous survivors were not pleased with the judge's sentencing.

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