McNeely pleads guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault

McNeely is expected to appear in court again in May

An undated photo of Thaddeus McNeely. (Photo courtesy of RCMP)

Thaddeus McNeely has pled guilty to manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault.

According to court documents, 24-year-old McNeely appeared in court on Monday before Justice Louise Charbonneau.

McNeely pled not guilty to the most serious charge of murder, but pled guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. By entering guilty pleas, McNeely is waiving his right to a trial.

He also elected to be tried by a judge alone rather than by a jury.

The court has not yet decided if the sentencing will take place in Fort Good Hope or Yellowknife. According to the same court documents, Crown Prosecutor Blair MacPherson acknowledged this could pose a security threat.

The Crown has also been in discussion with those affected by the crime about submitting victim impact statements.

McNeely is charged in connection with a September 2022 stabbing spree that left one dead and two injured in Fort Good Hope.

McNeely is expected in court by video on May 1.

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