A little over a year ago, a man in Quebec City committed an act of terrorism on a local Mosque, shooting and killing 6 people and critically wounding another 5.
It took over a year to get to trial, but this past week saw the accused plea "not guilty" to the fatal shooting in January 2017.
A "not guilty" plea seems outrageous. The facts are there, it is known that he committed this crime.
It seems that Alexandre Bissonnette, or his council, wised up to how ridiculous his plea was, and today he changed his tune and plead guilty to all 12 charges.
Alexandre Bissonnette addressed the crowd in a written statement, saying he plead guilty to spare families more pain. "I'd like to ask for your forgiveness for all the harm I caused you, even though I know what I did is unforgivable."— Julia Stewart-Page (@JuliaBPage) March 28, 2018
Alexandre Bissonnette is being charged with 6 counts of first-degree murder, and six counts of attempted murder.
One of the latter chargers collectively represents the 35 witnesses to the shooting, which also includes 4 children.
The men Bissonnette shot and killed were:
- Khaled Belkacemi, 60
- Aboubaker Thabti, 44
- Abdelkrim Hassane, 41
- Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42
- Ibrahima Barry, 39
- Azzeddine Soufiane, 57
Andrew Bissonnette pleaded not guilty at the pretrial proceedings at a courtroom in Quebec City this past Monday.
Five hours later, he told the court he wanted to change his plea to guilty.
Bissonnette's guilty plea was formally entered into court today. He is facing a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for 25 years.