Quebec's top court rules Richard Henry Bain's sentence in election shooting to stand
Quebec’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the sentence handed down to 2012 Quebec election night shooter Richard Henry Bain will remain unchanged.
Bain was convicted of attacking a Parti Québécois rally on Sept. 4, 2012, killing lighting technician Denis Blanchette outside the Metropolis nightclub as premier-designate Pauline Marois was inside delivering a victory speech.
In November 2016, Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer sentenced Bain to life in prison without possibility for parole for 20 years after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder.
Bain’s defence had argued unsuccessfully that he should be found not criminally responsible for the killing.
After hearing arguments last October, a five-judge Court of Appeal panel today dismissed the appeals of both the Crown and the defence.
Bain’s lawyer had sought a reduction that would have allowed Bain to apply for parole after serving 10 years. The Crown countered that parole eligibility should be increased to 25 years.
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