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Sentence reduced for Quebec City mosque shooter

FILE - Alexandre Bissonnette is escorted to a van after appearing in court for the deadly shooting at a mosque, Monday, January 30, 2017 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec's highest court's decision reduces sentence given to Quebec City mosque shooter

Quebec court declares Criminal Code provision allowing for consecutive serving of life sentences unconstitutional

Six people were killed in Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017

QUEBEC CITY – The Quebec Court of Appeal has declared a provision of the Criminal Code that allows for life sentences to be served consecutively unconstitutional, reducing the sentence given to the man who killed six people in a Quebec City mosque in 2017.

Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced in February 2019 to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 40 years.

With Thursday’s decision from the Quebec Court of Appeal, Bissonnette will be eligible to apply for parole after serving 25 years.

Since 2011, the Criminal Code has allowed judges to impose consecutive sentences for multiple murders in blocks of 25 years, but the trial judge in Bissonnette’s case rewrote the law and instead sentenced the killer to 40 years.

Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March 2018 to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder.

His victims were Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.