Man pleads guilty to killing his uncle during Dettah house party

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A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of his uncle during a Dettah house party last March. 

UPDATE: Stanley Abel Jr. sentenced to 5 years for killing uncle

Stanley Abel Jr. entered his plea in a Yellowknife courtroom Monday.

In the early hours of Mar. 30, RCMP responded to a disturbance at a home in the community where they found a ‘grievously injured’ man.

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By the time officers arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene. The victim was transported to Stanton Territorial Hospital.

That same day, police announced that the victim – Herman Abel – died of injuries he sustained during the attack.

RCMP originally arrested Abel Jr. on a charge of aggravated assault but later upgraded that charge to murder.

Abel Jr. elected to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter rather than face trial. A date for sentencing will be set during his next court appearance on Jan. 16.

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