Saskatchewan school shooter gets life in prison

Saskatchewan school shooter gets life in prison

A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for a young man who killed four people and injured seven others in a shooting at a home and a school in northern Saskatchewan.

He was sentenced after pleading guilty a year ago to killing a teacher and teaching assistant in a local school and two teenage brothers in their home in La Loche, 850 kilometers (528 miles) northwest of Saskatchewan's capital, Regina. Seven others in the building were injured.

The shooter's name is still protected under a publication ban until his appeal options are exhausted.

A now 20-year-old man who was 17 when he carried out a mass shooting in La Loche is expected to receive his adult sentence Tuesday in Meadow Lake.

The shooter pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

In addition to the Fontaines, the shooter killed teacher Adam Wood, 35, and teacher's aide Marie Janvier, 21, at the school. She said at the time a youth sentence would not be just, given the fact the crimes were "not impulsive act done by an immature person, and the nature and manner of his murders were unnecessarily violent".

"The violence was unprovoked and it was gratuitous", McIvor said, noting that the entire community of La Loche was victimized by the shootings. He researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people. "I have heard that counselling services are not available", McIvor said, adding that students in the community aren't receiving the support they need. "I'm sorry", the shooter said in court, speaking publicly for the first time since the January 2016 shooting.

"More help is needed, counselling is needed".

McIvor said she took his apology into account, as well as his guilty pleas which spared the victims' families the pain of a trial.

He has a "very, very, very long road ahead of him, " she said.



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