Decision expected Friday in sentencing of woman charged in foiled Valentine's Day shooting plot

A judge is expected to deliver his decision Friday in the sentencing of a woman charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foiled mall shooting.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski reserved his decision Monday, in what he called a ``very unusual and difficult case.''

Court heard that Lindsay Souvannarath of Illinois had hatched a deadly plot to go on a Valentine's Day shooting rampage at a Halifax mall in 2015.

She had started communicating online with James Gamble of Halifax in 2014, but their conversations devolved into a shared admiration for the Columbine killers, mass shootings and ultimately a plot to shoot up the mall food court.

The Facebook messages were entered into evidence Monday at the sentencing hearing for Souvannarath, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder last April.

The pair planned to wear masks and use a shotgun and hunting rifle owned by Gamble's father, and begin the massacre with Molotov cocktails.

Then they planned to kill each other.

The Crown is recommending a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, while the defence says the sentence should be 12 to 14 years, with credit for time served.

Nineteen-year-old Gamble killed himself, while another Halifax man was sentenced to a decade in prison in 2016.