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Anthony Bilodeau sentenced to life in prison

Anthony Bilodeau was sentenced in an Edmonton court on Jan. 6, for his role in the deaths of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal.

LAKELAND - A man who shot and killed two Métis men was sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility for parole for 13 years.

On Jan. 6, Court of King’s Bench Justice Eric Macklin sentenced Anthony Bilodeau, 34, to life in prison without the eligibility of parole for 13 years for the second-degree murder of Maurice (Morris) Cardinal and eight years, to be served concurrently, for the manslaughter death of Jake Sansom, 39.

"The actions of Antony Bilodeau on March 27, 2020, had tragic consequences. The deaths of two innocent men, Jake Sansom and Maurice Cardinal," Macklin said. “Objectives of rehab must take a back seat to denunciation, must deter others from doing similar things.”

Cardinal and Sansom were found dead at a rural intersection near Glendon on March 28, 2020.

Earlier in the day, Cardinal and Sansom had been out hunting moose. That evening, they stopped their vehicle briefly near Roger Bilodeau’s, Anthony’s father’s home.

Roger believed Sansom and Cardinal were looking for a home to break into and he, along with his son Joe, left the house in pursuit of the hunters.

They followed Sansom and Cardinal for over 7 km, at times reaching speeds of over 150 km/h. During the pursuit, Roger phoned Anthony and asked him to bring a gun.

Anthony shot Sansom in the chest and then shot Cardinal three times. Anthony and Roger left the scene and did not contact anyone about the incident.

The bodies of Sansom and Cardinal were found at 4 a.m. the next morning.

On Aug. 26, Roger Bilodeau, 58, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, minus time served, after being convicted of manslaughter with a firearm in relation to both deaths.

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