Bain given leave to appeal prison sentence

The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled that Richard Henry Bain can appeal his sentence for shooting a man to death on election night in 2012.

Bain was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years after being convicted of 2nd degree murder in the death of Denis Blanchette, a stagehand at the Metropolis where the Parti Quebecois was holding a victory party.

At the sentencing hearing Bain's lawyer Alan Guttman had argued for the minimum sentence of ten years in prison before being eligible for parole.

In December the Crown filed an appeal seeking to have Bain given the maximum sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years.