A 27-year-old Halifax man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a 76-year-old man whose body was found in a Lower Sackville apartment nearly three years ago.

Nicolas Edward White entered his plea during a court appearance at Nova Scotia Supreme Court. He had originally been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Joseph Walker, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Tuesday morning.

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Joseph Walker was found dead at an apartment building in Lower Sackville in November 2010. (CBC)

Walker's body was found by Halifax Regional Police in an apartment at 70 Cobequid Rd. just after midnight on Nov. 26, 2010. A bloody trail led officers to the nearby Gate of Heaven Cemetery, where White was chased down and a weapon was found.

Halifax Regional Police said at the time that White and Walker lived in the same apartment building.

Walker's sisters described him as a kind grandfather, who walked with a cane and wore a cowboy hat. People liked him because he was generous even though he didn't have much, they said at the time.

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Halifax Regional Police cordoned off an apartment building on Cobequid Road after they discovered Joseph Walker's body. ((Craig Paisley/CBC))

White has been in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth since his arrest. He did not apply for bail.

The Crown and defence are expecting to submit a joint recommendation for sentencing on Sept. 11. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is life in prison, but the Crown would not say what the recommendation would be.