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Illinois woman, Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, sentenced to life in prison for plot to commit mass murder at Canadian mall

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Illinois woman sentenced to life in prison for plot to commit mass murder at Canadian mall, three years ago
Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of  Geneva, Ill. along with two accomplices, James Gamble and Randall Steven Shepard, plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Canadian mall was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with no chance of parole for nearly a decade.
Souvannarath, 26, was arraigned in a court in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2015
She pled guilty last year to conspiracy to commit mass murder at the mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2015
Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski described Souvannarath, who had shown no remorse for her plot to senselessly kill people, as an unrepentant threat to society
The dastardly plot was foiled by an anonymous tip, leading to Souvannarath’s arrest as after she  had boarded a Nova Scotia-bound plane in Chicago 
Her co-conspirator, James Gamble, killed himself as police surrounded his Halifax-area home
Randall Steven Shepherd, a third accomplice, was also arrested at the airport and was sentenced to 10 years in jail for being a “cheerleader” of the plot
Lindsay Souvannarath, 26, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit mass murder at a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2015.
Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski described Souvannarath as an unrepentant threat to society.
He said she expressed no remorse for her plot to senselessly kill people.
Souvannarath declined to address the court prior to her sentencing, according to reports.
Rosinski said an anonymous tip and swift police action thwarted the planned attack on unsuspecting shoppers.
Former high school classmates described Souvannarath who graduated in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing from Coe College, a liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said she displayed a “creepy” interest in Nazis, while in high school. She was also credited with such as comments like “stupid people deserved to die.”
Another former classmate said: “She was in my writing club and her writing was so violent and gory and visceral,” she said.

Randall Steven Shepard 1Third accomplice, Randall Steven Shepherd leaves court in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, March 6, 2015. He is serving 10 years for his role in the plot

At sentencing Justice Peter Rosinski , said he followed principles that apply to terrorism in issuing the sentence. His aim was to “send a clear message” to would-be murderers, adding that “they will pay a heavy price.”
The judge gave Souvannarath credit for time served in custody, making her eligible for parole in seven years.
then 23-year-old Souvannarath had boarded a Nova Scotia-bound plane in Chicago when police received the tip that led to her arrest. Her Canadian co-conspirator, James Gamble, 19, killed himself as police surrounded his Halifax-area home.
The 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd, also from Geneva, Ill., a third accomplice, was also arrested at the airport and was sentenced to 10 years in jail for being a “cheerleader” of the plot.
The judge entered new letters into evidence from Souvannarath’s parents and grandparents, who were present in court.
Souvannarath and Gamble were both unemployed and living with their parents when they hatched the plot.
Their online correspondence shows the pair held the Columbine High School killers in high esteem. They divulged their shared admiration for mass shootings as they conspired to kill as many people as possible at the Halifax Shopping Center food court.

 

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