EDMONTON — Triple-killer Travis Baumgartner has been slapped with the harshest sentence imposed in Canada since the country's last executions in 1962.
Baumgartner, 22, on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a deadly shooting rampage at the University of Alberta's HUB Mall on June 15, 2012.
Court of Queen's Bench Associate Chief Justice John Rooke accepted a joint submission for a life sentence with no eligibility of parole for 40 years.
Rooke told a standing-room only courtroom Wednesday that Baumgartner had "executed" two of his armoured car security guard co-workers in "cold blood" and "ambushed" and killed the third murder victim.
He called the killings "assassinations and executions callously carried out by a cold-blooded killer with no regard for life."
He also said the deaths were "senseless" and called the crimes "unspeakable acts of violence."
"These acts were cowardly," Rooke said, noting Baumgartner was supposed to "have their backs," not shoot them in the "back of the head."