Sentencing of Alexandre Bissonnette: the Supreme Court ready to rule

The Supreme Court has announced that it will release its judgment on Friday, May 27, just over two months after hearing the case. (New window).

Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years after murdering 6 worshippers.

The six people killed on January 29, 2017 by Alexandre Bissonnette (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada

The nine justices of the Supreme Court must rule on the constitutionality of the provision of the Criminal Code allowing the addition of sentences in cases of multiple murders.

Bissonnette was initially sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison, but the Quebec Court of Appeal declared the provision unconstitutional.

During a hearing on March 24, Chief Justice Richard Wagner let his opinion shine through.

He had said that consecutive sentences could please the gallerybut constituted Vaudeville when it was a question of imposing 150 years in prison on an individual.

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