Vic­tims de­mand tough sen­tence


Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS - Jen­nifer Gra­ham

An as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal shot at a school in north­ern Saskatchewan says the teenage gun­man must be sen­tenced as an adult be­cause he alone chose to pull the trig­ger.

The teen com­mit­ted adult crimes and should do adult time, Phyl­lis Lon­go­b­ardi said Wed­nes­day in an emo­tional vic­tim im­pact state­ment at a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in Meadow Lake.

Lon­go­b­ardi was one of 11 peo­ple shot when gun­fire broke out at a home and then the high school in La Loche in Jan­uary 2016.

“He and he alone needs to own these crimes. Please do not al­low (him) or his de­fence to blame oth­ers ... for these evil deeds,” Lon­go­b­ardi told the court.

“He and he alone is re­spon­si­ble for these acts. Not bul­ly­ing, not sui­cide, not poverty, not teach­ers, not friends or fam­ily pulled the trig­ger. (He) did. Just (him). Stop blam­ing the oth­ers for what he chose to do.”

Two broth­ers, Dayne and Dray­den Fon­taine, were killed at the home. Court has heard Dayne was shot 11 times de­spite plead­ing with the shooter, say­ing, “I don’t want to die.”

Teacher Adam Wood and teacher’s aide Marie Jan­vier were killed and seven oth­ers were hurt at the school.

Video sur­veil­lance from the school shows the teen walk­ing and run­ning through hall­ways, shot­gun raised, and open­ing fire. The de­fence has said there is no sim­ple mo­tive be­hind the shoot­ing.

“I watched you as you pulled the trig­ger,” Lon­go­b­ardi said as she stared right at the teen in court.

Lon­go­b­ardi said she feels guilt, and won­ders what she could have done dif­fer­ently that fate­ful day.

“Many times I’ve wanted to give up be­cause that would be much eas­ier. But ... you didn’t kill me on Jan. 22, and I’m damn sure not giv­ing you the up­per hand this time.”

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