QUEBEC – Crown lawyers have decided that Alexandre Bissonnette deserves to receive the longest sentence in Canadian history with 150 years in prison for killing six and injuring 19 Muslims in Quebec Mosque in Canada.
The 28-year-old Canadian terrorist pleaded guilty to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into a Quebec Mosque in the provincial capital on January 29, 2017, and opened fire.
In Canadian law, a single first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
“Bissonnette began considering mass killing in 2015 and chose the location of his crime carefully. Not only was the killing premeditated, but the shooter was determined, acted methodically and with cruelty,” Jacques confirmed.
“Bissonnette even smiled at a couple of people in the mosque to give them hope, before coldly executing them,” he added.
Justice in September?
Quebec Superior Court, Justice Francois Huot, could multiply Bissonnette’s sentence by the number of people he killed. And hence in September, Huot can order the terrorist to serve 150 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole — meaning he would die in custody.
Huot will finish hearing arguments on sentencing. Then, he’ll decide whether the parties should move forward with a debate on the defence’s motion to declare consecutive sentences unconstitutional.
However, one of Bissonnette’s lawyers, Charles-Olivier Gosselin, has portrayed his client as an anxious and fragile man and suggested he be eligible for parole after 25 years.
The terrorist’s defence team has requested the trial judge declare consecutive sentences — a part of the Criminal Code since 2011 — unconstitutional and invalid.
Out of total disrespect to victims, the defence lawyer Jean-Claude Gingras argued Bissonnette’s case was “vastly different from those crimes in which convicts received consecutive sentences. Bissonnette’s crime wasn’t particularly heinous or awful, and it wasn’t committed over several days.”