Hearing for La Loche sentencing closes, decision set for later this summer

By Kathy Gallant
June 16, 2017 - 3:02pm Updated: June 16, 2017 - 3:45pm

An emotional two weeks of testimony has come to a close in the case of a convicted teen who shot four people to death in La Loche. 

A Meadow Lake courtroom heard final arguments this morning, June 16, at a sentencing hearing set to determine if the teen warrants an adult sentence. The youth cannot be named due to provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

As part of the concluding remarks, the teen himself spoke in court to apologize. He said no one deserved to get shot that day in January 2016 and told many of attendees he was sorry for "ruining lives."

He spoke specifically to teacher Phyllis Longobardi, one of the shooting victims who survived. He told her she was someone who helped him in school, particularly when it came to getting his learner's license and added she was a good person. 

Judge Janet McIvor said she plans to announce her decision in La Loche, which concerned one member of the courtroom's gallery.

La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre stood up in court to say there are some safety concerns and mixed emotions about the decision's location. St. Pierre said he plans to consult with people in the community, and will update the court before proceedings resume in August.

More to come.


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