Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'I Want Justice:' Victims Call for Adult Sentence in School Shooting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'I Want Justice:' Victims Call for Adult Sentence in School Shooting

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Teen pleads guilty in school shooting


MEADOW LAKE, Sask. - People who say their lives changed forever the day a teen took a gun and went to a high school and a home in northern Saskatchewan -- killing four and wounding seven -- want him punished as a grown man.

A hearing is to be held over two weeks in May and June to determine if the killer, who is now 18 but was 17 at the time of the shooting in the remote Dene community of La Loche, should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.

The young man, wearing a black T-shirt, sat quietly in Meadow Lake court Friday as his lawyer entered guilty pleas to first-degree murder in the deaths of two teachers at the school on Jan. 22.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the deaths of two teenage brothers at a nearby house.

He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for wounding seven others at the school.

"I want justice to be done for me and my daughter," said Jackie Janvier, after watching the court appearance via video from the courthouse in La Loche.

She lost her only child, 21-year-old Marie Janvier, a teacher's aide who had recently started working at the school.

The mother said she's glad there won't be a trial, but that the only fit sentence for the shooter is life in prison.

The maximum youth term for first-degree murder is 10 years in custody. An adult receives an automatic life sentence and, under a new provision for multiple murders, can receive consecutive periods of parole ineligibility of up to 25 years for each victim.

"Losing my beautiful daughter -- my whole body went with her the day that happened," said Janvier.

"My life will never be the same. Never."

No agreed facts about what happened -- including a motive -- were submitted to the court.

At the time of the shooting, the teen's friends described him as the black sheep of his family and a victim of bullying at school. One person said the teen was often teased about his large ears.

Another student kept a screenshot of a chilling exchange that took place on social media just before the shooting. …

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