QUEBEC – The man who shot dead six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque in 2017 must serve 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder.
The Crown had recommended that his six life sentences be served consecutively, which would have totalled 150 years.
The defence had argued the sentences should be served concurrently, making him eligible for parole after 25 years.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot says a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Six men, aged between 39 and 60, were killed when Bissonnette stormed the mosque and opened fire on Jan. 29, 2017.