Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot ruled how long Alexandre Bissonnette, the Quebec City mosque shooter, spends in prison before he is eligible for parole
Huot told Bissonnette to stand in front of him as he began reading his decision. The judge said the day of the murders “will forever be written in blood in the history of this city, this province, this country.”
Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Centre during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017 and opened fire on innocent mosque-goers.
The murder victims were Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.
All 250 seats in the courtroom were filled, with a section reserved for members of Quebec City’s Muslim community. The killer’s parents were also present.
The Crown has recommended that Bissonnette serve six consecutive sentences totaling 150 years, while the defence has argued he should be eligible for parole after 25 years.
The Criminal Code was amended in 2011 to allow a judge to impose consecutive sentences in cases of multiple murder charges.
Several of the survivors and the victims’ families have argued for a sentence longer than 25 years.