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Sentencing hearing for La Loche gunman delayed

Sentencing hearing for La Loche gunman delayed

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

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.

La Loche gunman pleads guilty: Victims demand adult sentence

La Loche gunman pleads guilty: Victims demand adult sentence

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

The still as yet unnamed gunman from the shooting at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of school employees Marie Janvier and Adam Wood. He has also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the deaths of brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, who were shot and killed at a residence prior to the school shooting. The gunman was 17 at the time of the shootings and under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act, the shooter can not be named.

Which brings us to sentencing. Previously prosecutors have stated that they are seeking to have the gunman sentenced as an adult. The gunman was around a month away from his 18th birthday when he committed these crimes and many relatives of his victims and the victims that lived would also like to see him sentenced as an adult. If he is to be sentenced as a juvenile he would only be in detention for 10 years, while an adult sentencing would mean a mandatory life sentence with parole being deferred 25 years for each victim.

While no official motive has been given to the shootings, some reports say that the gunman was teased about his ears. If he thinks that’s a reason to commit a killing spree then he most definitely needs to be locked away for the rest of his natural life.

His next scheduled court appearance is scheduled for January 31st.

UPDATE 5/19/2017: During the sentencing hearing witnesses testified that the gunman asked workers at the juvenile detention facility if he was going to receive a gift for the one year anniversary of the shootings?

Court documents revealed that he looked up the names of the Columbine cowards before the attack.

La Loche gunman was allegedly teased

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

Again my apologies for being so late on this, as I mentioned in my previous post I was taking a mental break from working on the website but I’m back now.

In the days following the shooting at Dene High School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, The National Post reported that the gunman, who is said to have killed four, had been teased and bullied.

Perry Herman, who also knows the accused, said the teen was teased about his large ears.

“So many of those times that those boys joked around with him about his ears and whatnot, he didn’t get up and say, `You boys stop talking to me like this, it’s hurting my feelings.’ He just bottled it up.”

Herman said the bullying must have been going on for a long time.

Did he strike out at his bullies? It doesn’t seem likely…

“He once said that, ‘Some day I’m going to eff-up (the bully). I’m going to beat him up. He said that like a couple times,’ ” said Janvier.

Instead he killed two brothers, who have been rumored to be related to the gunman, and two school employees. Did this accomplish anything for him? Will any shooting no matter how violent ever stop bullying? For close to 20 years now those answers are still no. Bullying will always occur in our schools and yes I do know how traumatic bullying can be, however mass murder is not the proper response. No sympathy should be shown toward this kid. Instead of doing something to help his situation or bring attention to it he’s become just another killer to be profiled so schools can be more concerned about finding the next shooter instead of offering assistance to the bullied.

School shooting in Saskatchewan, Canada

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

News reports are still early however Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that five people are dead in a shooting at the Dene Building at the La Loche Community School in La Loche, Saskatchewan. Earlier reports have said there were two dead so it’s not a definite amount of casualties just yet in my opinion. It is believed a suspect is in custody. If the alleged gunman is under age we might not ever know his name due to Canadian laws regarding the media and underage criminals.

While not as prevalent as in the United States Canada has had its share of school shootings. The ones that come to mind are the shooting at W.R. Myers High School in Taber, Alberta, the shooting at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal, and of course the shooting at Dawson College, also in Montreal. Prior to the Dawson Shooting the gunman was a commenter on this site before I banned him.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

UPDATE 10:00 PM EST: The RCMP are now saying that there have been four fatalities, a male suspect has been taken into custody and that the shooting took place not just at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School but also a second location that was residential. There’s believed to be two fatalities at each location. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the separate locations remind me of both the shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota and the Thurston High shooting in Oregon where those gunmen had killed family members before killing more at their schools. I’m not claiming that’s what happened just noting eerie similarities.

Thanks to Harding for the tip.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 12:20 AM EST: The National Post is reporting, among other outlets, that the shooter posted a message to Facebook of his intentions to kill. This has not been substantiated by the RCMP however when I was watching the live stream from the CBC the news broadcast stated that the message indicated that the shooter had already killed two people before heading to the school. I can’t say for certain this is the case since social media is a breeding ground for hoaxes whenever a tragedy like this strikes.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 10:00 AM EST: One of the fatalities in the shooting has been identified as 23-year-old teacher Marie Janvier. The two fatalities at the residential area are now being said to have been relatives of the gunman.

There’s also more information about the alleged Facebook message from the gunman…

Just killed 2 ppl,” wrote the young male. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”

“Why?” asked a friend. “Why?”

The gunman is also said to be under the age of 21.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 4:00 PM EST: The remaining three fatalities have been identified as brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine who were killed at the residence and Adam Wood who was a teacher at the school.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of all the victims.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 8:00 PM EST: The shooter is said to be a 17-year-old male. Since he is under 18 the media can not name him under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act. The RCMP were unable to provide a motive and said they couldn’t comment on the relationship between the shooter and the Fontaine brothers.

UPDATE 2/23/2016: Crown prosecutors have said that they will try to have the 17-year-old gunman tried as an adult.

UPDATE 4/18/2016: Crown prosecutors have officially served notice that they seek to have the gunman sentenced as an adult.

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