Geneva, Illinois Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Role in Plotting Massacre at Halifax Shopping Centre, Nova Scotia

A Geneva, Illinois woman, who plotted to go on a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Canadian mall in February 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Friday, April 20, 2018 with no chance of parole for seven years.

Lindsay Souvannarath, of Geneva, who was charged along with Randall Steven Shepherd, of Halifax, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that involved opening fire at a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski said that Souvannarath is and will remain a threat to society, and that Souvannarath has not expressed remorse for her plot.

Rosinski also said that if the plan to kill unsuspecting shoppers had not been interrupted by an anonymous tip and the quick actions of local police, the crime would have been carried out.

Justice Rosinski said his sentence was partly shaped by the principles that apply to terrorism. He told the court the motivations and intentions in the case aren’t precisely the same as those related to terrorism activities, but he said the crime with a similar possible outcome requires the court to “send a clear message” to those conspiring to kill multiple people that “they will pay a heavy price.”

The judge gave Souvannarath credit for time served in custody, so she will be eligible for parole in seven years.

Randall Steven Shepherd was sentenced in November 2016 to a decade in prison for the plot that envisioned using rifles and gas bombs to kill unsuspecting shoppers at a mall food court.

A third suspect, James Gamble, then age 19, was found dead in his Halifax-area home. Police believe he killed himself as police surround his home.

Randall Shepherd, Lindsay Souvannarath make first court appearance (CBC is a publicly funded Canadian broadcaster).

Randall Steven Shepherd sentencing of 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. The Crown attorney in the case says locals were “shaken” by the plan to kill unsuspecting shoppers at a mall. (Nov. 22, 2016)

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