Tyler Pechawis pleads guilty to manslaughter for 2016 killing

Tyler Pechawis in a photo taken from Facebook.

One of three men facing murder charges for a 2016 killing has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, acknowledging his role in an apparent shooting that left a man dead in downtown Prince Albert.

Last January, police found 23-year-old Jonathon Cowan’s body in an apartment on 1 Avenue West, after getting a report that someone had been shot in the area. After months of investigation, Tyler T. Pechawis, Reno R. Keenatch, and Preston S. Bird were arrested and charged with second-degree murder for his death.

On Thursday, Pechawis appeared in court to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, as part of an arrangement with the Crown.

“We have reached a resolution,” said his lawyer, Brian Pfefferle. “He is accepting responsibility.”

Pechawis was remanded into custody. He will return to Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench on November 14 for a sentencing hearing.

Crown prosecutor Cynthia Alexander said that Bird and Keenatch have pre-trial conferences set for Friday. She was unwilling to predict whether they would also be pleading guilty.

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