On Feb. 8, Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility for parole for 40 years. Quebec Superior Court Justice François Huot declared that any sentence of 50 years or more would be unconstitutional because it could be considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Instead of the 150 years without parole suggested by the Crown, Huot imposed a life sentence on Bissonnette and made him eligible for parole after 40 years.
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