Monday , April 19 2021

Winnipeg letter bomber convicted that lawyer cost his hand to be convicted

Winnipeg – A Manitoba man convicted of sending bombs to his ex-wife and two lawyers will know today how long he will be behind the bars.

The Crown is seeking a life sentence for Guido Amsel, who was convicted on four counts of attempted murder and numerous other offenses earlier this year.

The defense called for a sentence between 20 and 25 years.

Amsel, who is 52, sent bomb letters to his former wife, Iris, and two Winnipeg lawyers who represented her in the summer of 2015.

One of the devices fired, causing serious injury to lawyer Maria Mitousis, who lost her right hand in the blast.

Amsel testified during the trial that he was being raised by his ex-wife and others, and the evidence was planted.

Mitousis told the court in his statement of victim impact that Amsel's actions were a coward's.

"I've seen the scars from the blast on my face and my body," she said.

She said that after the sentence was over, she planned to move on with her life, continue her return to work, and leave Amsel behind.

"After this is over, I will forget it and it will disappear from my consciousness."

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