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.