Kevin Dalton has been sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Suryan Giama, whose badly-beaten body was found west of Calgary in June 2014.

Suryan Giama

Suryan Giama, 25, was last seen by a family member on Feb. 17, 2014. (Calgary Police Service)

Justice Earl Wilson handed down the sentence in a Calgary court Friday, but ordered it to be served at the same time as a drug trafficking conviction that came from the police investigation into the death.

The Crown withdrew the charge of an indignity to a body. 

Giama, 25, was last seen on February 2014 at a home in the Calgary neighbourhood of Woodbine.

During the investigation, police had a wiretap on Dalton's cellphone but he was running out of money to buy more minutes.

In order to get him money, police purchased drugs from him so they could keep listening about Giama's death, which gave police evidence for the drug-trafficking charge.

"He's relieved that it's all over and he's pleased the judge agreed his sentence should be served concurrently" said Dalton's lawyer Mark Takada.

He says Dalton acted out of self defence, and might have been cleared of the manslaughter charge if he called for help.

Instead, Dalton drove the victim from Sunalta train station and left him there. His body was later moved and hidden in the bush on Stoney Nakoda Nation near Morley, although the court heard there was no evidence it was Dalton.

Autopsy results did not determine whether Giama died of his injuries from the beating or from hypothermia.