Man pleads guilty to accessory to manslaughter in Hay River man's death

Tyler Cayen, 32, was 1 of 4 people charged in the death of Alex Norwegian in December 2017.

Tyler Cayen 1 of 4 charged after Alex Norwegian found dead in December 2017

Four people were charged after Alex Norwegian, 25, was found dead in a vehicle in December 2017. (Randi Beers/CBC)

One of four people charged in relation to the death of a man in Hay River has pleaded guilty to accessory to manslaughter.

Tyler Cayen, 32, entered the plea in N.W.T. Supreme Court in Yellowknife Thursday morning.

He was charged along with Sasha Cayen, Levi Cayen and James Thomas in January after Alex Norwegian, 25, was found dead in a vehicle in Hay River's Sandy Creek area in December 2017.

Cayen was originally facing charges of homicide and robbery, which were later reduced to robbery and accessory to murder. Co-accused Sasha Cayen's charges were also reduced, to robbery and manslaughter.

Tyler Cayen entered the plea in N.W.T. Supreme Court in Yellowknife Thursday morning. (Chantal Dubuc/CBC)

Levi Cayen and Thomas are still charged with robbery and first-degree murder.

A charge of accessory to manslaughter after the fact carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

The date for Cayen's sentencing will be determined at a Sept.17 court appearance.

Sasha Cayen's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14.

Preliminary inquiries, hearings to determine if the case will go to trial, have been scheduled for Levi Cayen and Thomas to begin on Nov. 15 and Feb. 25, respectively. 

With files from Allison Chandler