For those of you who may not remember, in 2016, a 17-year-old boy from La Loche, Saskatchewan, shot and killed two brothers at their home before going to Dene High School at the La Loche Community School and shooting and killing two faculty members. In Canada, juvenile offenders can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The gunman, who was a month away from his 18th birthday when he committed the shootings, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the deaths of the school faculty members, and second-degree murder to the two brothers he killed.
For the past several months, the court has been having hearings about whether or not the gunman will be sentenced as an adult. While the decision was said to be handed down this month, the presiding judge has decided to hand down her decision in February.
Even if the shooter is sentenced as an adult, the CBC is reporting that he might not even spend a decade in prison. Canada has a new law that states juveniles sentenced as adults are not eligible to be sentenced to 25 years per victim. So under adult sentencing, he could be released on parole in ten years.
That is not even close to justice for someone who killed four people in one morning who thought he was going to receive a present in custody on the anniversary of the shooting.
There’s going to come a time, in both the US and Canada, where these entitled and selfish juvenile murderers will be completely excused from their homicidal actions. Then school shootings will become even more common than they are today.
UPDATE 4/2/2018: Back in February a Crown judge ruled the shooter will be sentenced as an adult. Last month, the final sentencing date was set for May 6th.
UPDATE 5/8/2018: The shooter was sentenced to life behind bars, however, he will be eligible for parole in 10 years.