WATCH: The families of three Mounties who were shout by Justin Bourque, in June, told the court how their lives were changed forever. But it was revealed Bourque originally didn’t intend to target police. Ross Lord has the story.
MONCTON, N.B. – Justin Bourque planned to kill police officers in Moncton, N.B. after giving up on a plan to set fire to gas stations.
At a sentencing hearing Monday, court heard that Bourque expressed his frustration to police after his arrest about his job at a distribution warehouse.
He says he wanted to harm the oil industry.
Crown attorney Cameron Gunn doesn’t want Bourque to be eligible for parole for 75 years for the shootings in June that killed three Mounties and wounded two other police officers.
The 24-year-old previously pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
An agreed statement of facts says Bourque’s actions were planned and deliberate when he used a semi-automatic rifle to kill constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche.
When asked by police why he shot the officers, Bourque talks on a video shown in court about the unfairness of the world, the lack of freedom of speech and what he calls the rule of tyrants.
With files from Global News
Read a recap of the court proceedings in our live blog below: