A survivor of the La Loche shootings says she is disappointed lawyers for the shooter are appealing his adult sentence.
The shooter was a youth at the time of the crimes in January 2016.
Charlene Klyne was a supply teacher at Dene High School the day the carnage took place and was one of the victims.
She says the news is a re-victimization.
“He pleaded guilty,” Klyne says. “I watched him shoot me and many others watched themselves get shot by him. How can they even dare to fight to get the sentencing changed from youth to adult? He was only a few days short of being an adult.”
The man, who is now 20, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.
He was sentenced to life in prison, without parole eligibility for ten years.
“I had a tutor in my classroom that he shot and killed and a student that laid on the floor with me before I was rescued out of the classroom,” Klyne says. “Enough is enough. This guy needs to be sentenced as an adult. That’s the way he was. They need to drop it. I personally would rather not ever see him walk the streets. As the judge said, if he ever gets out he’s probably going to reoffend no matter what and I agree.”
An appeal court hearing will likely not occur before the fall.
With files by Fraser Needham.
(PHOTO – A scene outside the La Loche courtroom during one of several hearings. File Photo)