Court reduces sentence for Moncton Mountie killer Justin Bourque

By The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON — A court has reduced the precedent-setting sentence of a New Brunswick man who fatally shot three Mounties in 2014.

Justin Bourque had been sentenced to serve three consecutive life sentences for first-degree murder, meaning a 75-year wait before he could apply for parole.

A Supreme Court of Canada decision last year involving the Quebec City mosque murderer struck down a law that made it possible for judges to extend parole ineligibility periods beyond 25 years for people convicted of multiple murders.

Today’s decision from the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick means Bourque, who was 24 at the time of the murders, will be eligible to apply for parole after serving 25 years.

The Court of Appeal says the Supreme Court ruling is “binding on us” and governs the outcome of Bourque’s appeal.

It adds that all other aspects of his sentence remain unchanged.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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