The Unapologetic Canadian

By Radhika Munshani | Staff Writer

Canadians are more often associated with gentle temperaments than violent crimes and eccentric court cases. Perhaps the only not-so-nice Canadian, Larry Shandola manages to contradict all positive stereotypes regarding our neighbors up north.

After fatally shooting his business partner Robert Henry over a pay dispute back in 1995, Shandola was sentenced to a 31-year prison sentence in a Washington state jail. The ungrateful convict soon petitioned to be relocated to a Canadian prison, apparently unappreciative of his American lodgings.  Victim’s wife Paula Henry, insistent upon keeping her enemies close, successfully convinced the judge to dismiss the unpatriotic request. By doing so, she effectively forced Shandola to remain in the facility.

The homesick Shandola responded in the most logical manner he could: by suing Henry for slander. He argued that throughout the original murder trial, the wife caused others to doubt his character and bought him bad publicity. This defamation of character, he further claimed, was behind the denial of his transfer request.

Shandola’s case was struck down soon after, to his dismay, though Shandola told reporters he planned to launch another lawsuit in the near future. To the Henry’s relief, he has yet to follow through on this threat. Currently, Shandola remains incarcerated in an American prison, serving out the last two decades of his sentence. Though far from home, Shandola can find solace in the fame his request has garnered, and likely over the trouble he has further caused the grieving widow.