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Lytton man pleads guilty to manslaughter in uncle's stabbing death

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KAMLOOPS - A Lytton man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the stabbing death of his uncle in early 2016.

Colton Smith made a brief appearance in Kamloops Supreme Court today, Sept. 11, where he made his guilty plea.

Smith was originally charged with second-degree murder, and even after a hearing earlier this year in an attempt to go to trial on a lesser charge of manslaughter, a Provincial Court judge tossed the application.

It's not clear what led to Smith pleading guilty to the charge, but more details about the plea and the offence are expected to come to light at Smith's sentencing hearing.

Back in January 2016, RCMP said they responded to a property on Two Mile Road in Lytton after reports of a stabbing. Jeremiah Johnson Smith ended up dying from his injuries, and his nephew, Colton, was charged with murder four days later.

Colton was expected to go to a jury trial, but instead lawyers will meet later this year to fix a date for sentencing.


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