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Men sentenced for role in Canadian police's single worst loss

TWO men who were found guilty of killing four Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers in 2005were sentenced yesterday to 15 years and 12 years in prison respectively.

Shawn Hennessey, 25, and Dennis Cheeseman, 29, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in January for helping James Roszko kill four RCMP officers near Mayerthorpe in Alberta province, Canadian media reported.

The tragedy was the single worst loss of Canada's national police in its history and shocked the whole country at that time.

Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Eric Macklin gave the men credit for pleading guilty and for time already spent in custody, reducing Cheeseman's sentence to seven years and two months, and Hennessey's to 10 years and four months.

In an agreed statement of facts, Cheeseman and Hennessey admitted they gave Roszko a rifle and drove him to his farm in theearly hours of March 3, 2005, where RCMP were investigating a marijuana growing operation and auto parts "chop shop" in a hut on Roszko's property.

In an ambush later that morning, Roszko shot and killed four RCMP constables before killing himself.

Parents of the slain officers said they were satisfied with the sentence and hoped the two men would get education in prison so that they can be good citizens when out.


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