Quebec Mosque shooter to appeal sentence

The gunman who killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque is appealing his sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for 40 years.

His lawyers say Alexandre Bissonnette should instead be given a sentence of 25 years before being eligible for parole.

Normally in consecutive sentences parole eligibility is given in increments of 25 years.

But the judge decided to set 40 years eligibility because he felt 50 years would be too harsh.

Legal aid lawyers are now arguing the trial judge erred when he sentenced Bissonnette on February 8th.

It was the harshest prison term ever in Quebec and one of the longest in Canada.

The lawyers say Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot's sentence was "illegal'' and "manifestly unreasonable.''

Quebec Attorney General Sonia LeBel and the Crown can also appeal the sentence if they think it erred or was too light.

The deadline to do so is Monday.