Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette appeals sentence

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Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette appeals sentence

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Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to killing six men at a Quebec City mosque in 2017, is appealing his sentence.

Bissonnette, 29, was sentenced on Feb. 8 to life in prison without possibility of parole for 40 years. He had 30 days to appeal.

His lawyers dropped off the appeal at the Quebec City courthouse Friday.

In the appeal, lawyer Charles-Olivier Gosselin said the judge erred in applying a 40-year sentence before Bissonnette would be eligible for parole, calling it “illegal.”

The appeal seeks to have the sentence reduced to a minimum of 25 years served before Bissonnette is eligible for parole.

​In handing down his sentence on Feb. 8, Quebec Superior Court Justice François Huot called Bissonnette’s attack an “unspeakable tragedy” that “tore apart our social fabric.”

He was handed the harshest prison sentence ever in Quebec and one of the longest in Canada.

But it was well under the six consecutive life sentences — 150 years before being eligible for parole — sought by the Crown.

In a letter issued after the sentencing, Bissonnette’s parents questioned the sentence, calling it “very severe.”

Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March 2018 to six counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder for the men he wounded, and a sixth count of attempted murder for the 35 people present that night, including four children.

More to come.

This story originally appeared on CBC