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Updated: Stanford pleads guilty to manslaughter

Victim stabbed seven times

  • Oct. 11, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Scott Stanfield

Record staff

Shane Stanford, who had faced second-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of Kevin Burns last year, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter, Tuesday in a BC Supreme Court hearing in Courtenay.

Stanford was 41 at the time of the incident that occurred Aug. 11, 2015 at around 10:30 p.m. in downtown Courtenay.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the Crown noted that Burns was stabbed multiple times.

Upon arriving at the scene, police located a 23-year-old man, later identified as Burns, suffering from serious injuries. BC Ambulance Service Paramedics transported the Courtenay resident to St. Joseph’s General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Stanford is known to police with at least four other files from last year, including assault of a peace officer and possession of stolen property.

He is to be sentenced at the Courtenay courthouse, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

 

 

 

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