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La Loche school shooter seeks leave to appeal to Supreme Court: lawyer

The lawyer for a young man who went on a deadly a shooting rampage in northern Saskatchewan three years ago hopes to take his case to the Supreme Court of Canada. Members of the RCMP stand outside the La Loche Community School in La Loche, Sask. Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

REGINA — The lawyer for a young man who shot and killed four people in a school and in a home in northern Saskatchewan is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to reconsider his adult sentence.

Aaron Fox says he plans to seek leave to appeal to the country’s highest court after the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal dismissed his client’s sentence appeal in October.

The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder and was sentenced as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

Fox had argued that his client should be sentenced as a youth, as cognitive and mental issues affected his maturity and level of blame.

The Appeal Court ruled that it could find no errors in the judge’s decision that a youth sentence was not sufficient to hold the shooter accountable.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2019.

The Canadian Press