Quebec mosque shooter gets life and no parole for 40 years

Alexandre Bissonnette

Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette to be sentenced Friday

Update: Alexandre Bissonnette has been sentenced to life with no parole for 40 years.

Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire on a Quebec City mosque in January of 2017, killing six people and injuring several others.

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.

TRT World's Jon Brain reports.

"It's very hard, I would imagine, to really find true closure on a day like today", she said, adding that people's hearts were with the families of the victims and the entire Quebec City mosque community.

He also told police that he felt horrified about previous attacks like the Parliament Hill shooting and felt he needed to take action against Muslims, saying he didn't want the "Islamist attacks" happening around the world to happen here in Canada.

Oussayma Canbarieh joins TRT World for more on the issue.

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

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The longest prison sentence in Canada to date is 75 years without parole, which has been given to at least five triple killers since the law was changed in 2011 to allow consecutive sentences.

This morning, the prosecution is calling for Bissonnette to serve six consecutive life sentences with parole ineligibility for 150 years, making it the longest sentence in Canada history.

On Friday, Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot rejected the Crown's call to sentence Bissonnette to 150 years with no chance of parole, arguing a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Huot also stressed the importance in Canada of rehabilitating offenders.

Aymen Derbali, who was shot seven times and left paralyzed from the waist down, told reporters he did not understand why the judge dwelled on Bissonnette's life expectancy and the possibility that he would die in prison.

Ahmed Cheddadi, who was wounded in the attack, said the sentence was appropriate in that he found it unlikely that Bissonnette would ever be released.

The judge recounted Bissonnette's remarks to a prison social worker in September 2017, when he expressed a desire for "glory" in shooting congregants and that he "regretted not shooting more".

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