U.S. woman appeals life sentence in Halifax Valentine's Day mall shooting plot

An American woman who plotted to go on a Valentine's Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall is appealing her sentence of life in prison, calling it ``manifestly harsh and excessive.''

Lindsay Souvannarath was sentenced in April after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that would have seen two shooters open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court in 2015.

A motion to set a date for the appeal hearing is expected to be considered next week by Justice David Farrar of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

In her notice of appeal, the Chicago-area woman argues that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years.

Souvannarath provides five grounds of appeal, including that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had ``renounced anti-social beliefs.''

She also argues that Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski offended the principle of parity by imposing a dramatically lengthier sentence on her than on co-conspirator Randall Shepherd.

Souvannarath pleaded guilty last year, several months after Shepherd - a Halifax man described in court as the ``cheerleader'' of the foiled shooting plot - was sentenced to a decade in jail.

A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.