Alexandre Bissonnette's parents say 'very severe sentence' denies all hope of rehabilitation

Manon Marchand and Raymond Bissonnette issued an open letter Monday evening, questioning the severity of the minimum 40-year sentence handed down to their son Alexandre Bissonnette Friday and blaming the Crown for encouraging a "desire for revenge."​On Friday, Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for killing six men at a Quebec City mosque two years ago. He will be 67 before he'll be eligible to seek parole.Bissonnette's parents point out the 40-year minimum sentence is the heaviest sentence ever imposed in Quebec since the death penalty was abolished in 1976. "We consider this to be a very severe sentence," they write.They say the position of the Crown — which had sought six consecutive periods of 25 years of parole ineligibility — amounted to circumventing the abolition of the death penalty and extinguishing all hope of rehabilitation."Why deny convicts even the faintest hope?" they ask.Bissonnette's parents said last summer when they spoke publicly for the first time that they didn't realize until it was too late how years of intimidation and ...Read more

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