Sentencing hearing for shooter of Metis hunters postponed until January

Father and son convicted for death of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal.

The sentencing hearing for the man convicted of killing two Métis hunters has been moved to the new year.

Anthony Bilodeau, 33, is facing life in prison for second-degree murder and manslaughter for the deaths of Jacob Sanson, 39, and his uncle Maurice Cardinal, 59.

Bilodeau’s sentencing hearing has been postponed from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6.

The defence told the court that there was an expert report on risk assessment for pre-sentencing that is not completed.

A risk assessment report is used in pre-trial sentencing and provides information to the judge on the likelihood of re-offending.

Justice Eric Macklin granted the new hearing date – but wasn’t happy about it.

“This is a massive inconvenience,” said Macklin, adding that the report writer has had six months to prepare the report.

The court’s last operational day before the winter break is Dec. 15.

Roger Bilodeau, Anthony’s father, was sentenced to ten years in August for two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Sansom and Maurice.

He will receive about 4½ years credit for time already served.

During the criminal trial, the court heard that on the night of March 27, 2020, Anthony Bilodeau got a call from his father Roger and younger brother, who were pursing the two Métis men.

A video shows Anthony Bilodeau shooting both men.

In a statement read in court, Roger Bilodeau said he “did not intend to hurt anyone,” and that he “prays for these lost souls all the time.”

In September he filed a motion to appeal his sentence.

During the August hearing, Sanson’s mother recounted viewing the body of her son in the morgue five days after he was gunned down.

Two days later, she also viewed Cardinal’s body.

Smith said she’s haunted by images and flashbacks and plagued by questions.

Bilodeau will need to appear in-person for his sentencing trial.

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