Man accused of shooting Kamloops Mountie slated to plead guilty

Kenneth Michael Knutson has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault of a peace officer, possession of a firearm while prohibited and discharging a firearm with intent to wound, maim, disfigure or endanger life.
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KAMLOOPS - A man accused of shooting a Kamloops Mountie is set to enter guilty pleas to numerous charges this spring.

Kenneth Michael Knutson faces several charges in Kamloops Supreme Court including attempted murder after an incident which left an RCMP officer critically injured and led police on a 12-hour manhunt through the Batchelor Heights neighbourhood in December 2014.

Cpl. Jean-Rene Michaud was shot after he pulled over a white sedan in the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 2014. He survived the shooting after several surgeries and months in the intensive care unit.

Knutson is charged with attempted murder in the commission of a criminal organization, one count of using a restricted firearm and one count of aggravated assault. After a preliminary hearing last month, he was ordered to stand trial in Kamloops Supreme Court.

However yesterday Jan. 18, lawyers went on record to say Knutson would be pleading guilty in March. Whether he’ll plead to all of some of his charges is not known.

Calls to both the Crown and Knutson’s lawyer, Jordan Watt were not returned.

Knutson is set to enter the pleas March 17. 

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