Teens who planned shooting spree at church sentenced to 2 years jail time

| December 18, 2009

WINNIPEG – Two Winnipeg teenagers who conspired to set a city high school alight with Molotov cocktails and shoot those who tried to escape will spend two more years in jail.

The 17-year-old boy and his 18-year-old girlfriend — who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act because they were minors at the time — will each spend two years in jail, followed by three years of supervised probation.

Police arrested the pair in January 2009 and said they planned to "harm a number of persons at random." They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in September for their roles in the intended attack.

Court heard the two teens had plotted to kill students at Fort Richmond and Lorette collegiates, the University of Manitoba and Church of the Rock.

"This included students, adults, church parishioners and pretty much anyone that was going to get in their way," police spokeswoman Const. Jacqueline Chaput said at the time of the arrests.

The teens had stockpiled rifles and shotguns stolen from one of the boy's relatives, and also had obtained floor plans for the church to map out their deadly plot.

Police intervened after a friend of the youths contacted CrimeStoppers to alert them to the plan. The would-be killers made separate suicide attempts that landed them in hospital and resulted in admissions to mental health officials and police.

The teens, who have no prior criminal record, have been in custody without bail for about 11 months; they will not receive credit for time already served.

In October, both apologized to court for their roles in the conspiracy. Both agreed to be raised to adult court.

The maximum sentence they faced was life in prison; there was no mandatory minimum.



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