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Crime & Courts

Woman in Canadian mass murder plot gets life sentence

Former Geneva High School student faces life in prison

Lindsay Souvannarath's freshman photo from the Geneva High School yearbook
Lindsay Souvannarath's freshman photo from the Geneva High School yearbook

A Geneva woman who was charged in a 2015 plot to go on a Valentine’s Day massacre at a Canadian mall was sentenced to life in prison April 20, Nova Scotia officials stated in an email.

Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, 26, a former Geneva High School student, had pleaded guilty April 11, 2017, to conspiracy to commit murder, said Chris Hansen, spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.

Hansen said prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 20 years, while defense attorneys had asked for 12 to 14 years, Hansen said.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski handed down Souvannarath’s sentence at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, Hansen said.

Souvannarath has been in custody since her arrest, Hansen said.

Souvannarath and Randall Steven Shepherd, 22, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, both had faced charges of conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to use weapons for a dangerous purpose and unlawfully conveying threats through social media, officials said.

Shepherd pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to a decade in prison, officials said.

A Crime Stoppers tip that originated in Canada suggested the 19-year-old and Souvannarath had access to firearms, and they intended to go to a public venue – the Halifax Shopping Centre in Canada – with the goal of opening fire to kill citizens before killing themselves, police reported.

Shepherd and Souvannarath were arrested at 2 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, police said.

According to the charging document Souvannarath and Shepherd were accused of conspiring with James Lee Gamble on the weapons-related charge, officials had said.

Gamble had been found dead at a residence in Timberlea, a community within the province of Nova Scotia, police had said. Authorities seized three long-barrel rifles at the home, Canadian police had said at a news conference.

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