Nanaimo mill shooter gets life in prison, no parole for 25 years
The man convicted of first-degree and attempted murder in a 2014 shooting at a Nanaimo mill has been sentenced to life in prison on each charge against him, with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Kevin Addison was previously found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder after he opened fire on his former coworkers at Western Forest Products mill.
The shooting rampage killed Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern and injured Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly.
At the sentencing hearing Friday, a judge told Addison that his conduct had “shocked and dismayed” the citizens of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.
The court also heard impact statements from family members of Addison’s victims.
“My Fred was a gentle soul…Kevin Addison has taken so much from so many,” said McEachern’s wife, Lorraine.
“When I brought up his daughter, I could really see some emotion, because he’s got a whole different life ahead of him and I really do feel for his family, but you know, you can’t take it back,” said Michael Lunn’s wife, Marlene. “I’m just grateful how it all came out and we got the sentence we wanted.”
In his summary, Supreme Court Justice Robin Baird told an emotionless Addison his actions were shocking, repulsive and an ambush.
“For the most part though he just stared straight ahead and he didn’t really look at us,” said Lunn’s daughter, Marcy. “We did have dad’s photo up there as well because I want him to see.”
Addison’s defence had argued he was only guilty of manslaughter because the shootings were unplanned and a result of Addison’s severe depression, but the judge referred to his actions as a planned ambush.
A first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life term with no parole for 25 years in Canada.
Addison will serve his sentences concurrently, according to the court registry.