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Man charged in Penticton mass murder expected to plead guilty today

John Brittain is escorted from the RCMP detachment in Penticton, B.C., Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in a still image made from video footage.
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October 14, 2020 - 9:16 AM

KELOWNA, B.C. - A man accused in a shooting that left four people dead in Penticton, B.C., is expected to plead guilty today in court.

A lawyer for 69-year-old John Brittain told a B.C. Supreme Court judge on Oct. 5 that his client intended to plead guilty to four indictments.

Brittain was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder after the shooting in April last year.

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Rudi Winter, Barry and Susan Wonch and Darlene Knippelberg were all killed.

The RCMP said the shootings were targeted and the victims, who were neighbours of Brittain's ex-wife, knew one another.

A two-day sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Brittain, who is a former employee of the City of Penticton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2020.

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