Luka Rocco Magnotta appealing convictions

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MONTREAL – Luka Rocco Magnotta has filed an appeal of his conviction on five charges last month, including the first-degree murder of Chinese student Jun Lin.

Documents made public by the Quebec Court of Appeal today outline a number of reasons for Magnotta’s decision to seek a new trial.

After a lengthy trial, jurors deliberated for eight days before finding him guilty last month of first-degree murder and four other charges in Lin’s 2012 slaying.

The first-degree murder conviction carried a sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Magnotta was also given the maximum sentences on the four other charges.

The documents filed by Toronto-based lawyer Luc Leclair state the trial judge erred in a number of instances.

The appeal was dated last Thursday and the documents include a notice that a hearing will take place in Montreal on Feb. 18.