If you’ll recall, last year a 17-year-old boy from La Loche, Saskatchewan, shot and killed two brothers at their home before going to the Dene High School at the La Loche Community School and killing two teachers there. In October of last year, he pleaded guilty to the murders. For the past few months there have been sentencing hearings to determine if he will be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile. If sentenced as an adult the unnamed teen is looking at a life sentence, but a juvenile sentence would be less than ten years. Families of the victims he killed, along with the victims he wounded, have been calling for him to be sentenced as an adult.
Just recently, it was thought the hearings were about to come to a close, but it’s now been delayed. The defense has recently argued the shooter may have fetal alcohol syndrome after recently receiving the diagnosis from defense psychiatrists. The hearing has now been delayed until September 1st.
If you think he should now garner any kind of sympathy, remember this was the kid who thought he would be getting a present on the one-year anniversary of the shootings while in detention. Let’s also not forget he killed two people in one location, then went to a second location to try to kill as many people as possible.
This is just a ploy by the defense to try to get a lenient sentence for their client, however, what it’s really doing is delaying justice for the victims.
UPDATE 9/12/2017: The sentencing hearing is now set to resume in October.