Lawyers for Guy Turcotte back in court today

MONTREAL -- Lawyers for a Quebecer sentenced to life for fatally stabbing his two children will be in court today to seek permission to appeal the minimum length of time he must serve before he can apply for parole.

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Guy Turcotte's attorneys are hoping to challenge the trial judge's ruling he must spend at least 17 years behind bars before being able to file a request to be released.

In December, the former doctor was found guilty of second-degree murder in the February 2009 deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3, who were stabbed a total of 46 times.

In mid-January, Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent ruled that Turcotte, 43, must serve at least 17 years before he can seek parole.

The judge said it reflected the "heinous and horrible crimes."

In a five-page motion filed earlier this month, Turcotte's attorneys contend Vincent didn't consider jurisprudence that an inadmissibility period of more than 15 years is justified only when the accused is considered a danger to society.



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