Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lawyers for Mosque Killer to Argue for Life Sentence, No Parole for 25 Years

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lawyers for Mosque Killer to Argue for Life Sentence, No Parole for 25 Years

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Mosque gunman's lawyers to ask for 25 years

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MONTREAL - Lawyers for the man who shot dead six men at a Quebec City mosque will argue their client should receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. He's therefore liable to face consecutive sentences, which could mean up to 150 years in prison.

His legal team says 150 years in prison is equivalent to sentencing Bissonnette to death by incarceration.

Bissonnette's lawyers, Charles-Olivier Gosselin and Jean-Claude Gingras, told trial judge Francois Huot on March 28 that they planned to challenge the part of the Criminal Code that allows judges to hand out consecutive sentences to people convicted of multiple murders. …

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