MONTREAL – A jury has convicted a Quebec man of second-degree murder in the fatal election-night shooting of a lighting technician at a rally where the province's then-separatist leader was celebrating her party's victory.
A jury also found Richard Henry Bain guilty on Tuesday of three counts of attempted murder.
Bain was convicted of killing Denis Blanchette outside a Montreal nightclub as then-Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois was inside celebrating the pro-independence Francophone party's election victory
Bain's lawyer argued he was mentally ill. The prosecution countered that the crimes were deliberate and politically motivated by anger over the PQ victory.
Bain, 65, was heavily armed and wearing a blue bathrobe when he killed Blanchette before his rifle jammed.
As he was led away, Bain yelled out in French at a television camera: "The English are waking up."