Man charged in Grande Prairie murder pleads guilty to reduced charge

By Curtis Galbraith
February 8, 2019 - 2:56pm

A man charged in connection with a Grande Prairie murder has been given jail time after pleading guilty to a reduced charge.
 
Justice Watt-Blais pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge Tuesday in Grande Prairie court.
 
He was given a sentence of seven years in jail. He will get credit for 618 days for time already spent in custody, leaving just over five years left to serve.
 
Watt-Blais was charged with murder after the December 2017 shooting death of 16-year-old Hannah Sutton.
 
She was found dead in a residence near 100 Street and 94 Avenue on December 16, 2017. Watt-Blais, her boyfriend at the time of her death, was arrested four days later.
 
Accessory to murder charges are still pending against others charged in the same case.
 
Derian Chonkolay is due back in court February 20. A preliminary hearing for Austin Haynes and David Comber is still set to start April 29.
 
A young offender was also charged as an accessory. 
 

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