Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal 2019 beating in front of Yellowknife Sobering Centre

Victor Ugyuk from his Facebook page.

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to a fatal beating outside downtown Yellowknife’s Day Shelter and Sobering Centre last September.

Court documents show that 33-year-old Victor Shane Ugyuk pleaded guilty Monday to punching Mark Poodlat in the head and face several times in front of the shelter.

Until the guilty plea, Ugyuk had been facing a murder charge.

Poodlat was pronounced dead two days later at an Edmonton hospital.

He was knocked out cold by the attack and It’s unclear whether he ever regained consciousness.

His friends at the shelter told CKLB at the time that they knew he was either dead or dying following the incident.

Mark Poodlat from his Facebook page

The vicious beating was captured on video by a security camera mounted on a building across the street.

Ugyuk, who is reportedly originally from Taloyoak, Nunavut, is to be sentenced on August 24th.

By admitting to manslaughter – Ugyuk is conceeding Poodlat died – but that he didn’t mean to kill him.

The attack appeared to have been over a bicycle.

Ugyuk has been in custody since his arrest following the beating.

Typical manslaughter sentences like this one in the Northwest Territories usually result in sentences of between four and six years.

About the Author

John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.