Son pleads guilty to mother's murder on Sunshine Coast

Denise ‘Esme’ Lachance was found dead in 2014.

Denise ‘Esme’ Lachance was found dead in 2014

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says a Sunshine Coast man pleaded guilty to killing his mother in Sechelt in 2014. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A B.C. man has pleaded guilty to murdering his mother on the Sunshine Coast three years ago.

Denise "Esme" Lachance, 67, was found dead at a home in Sechelt, B.C., on Oct. 1, 2014.

RCMP arrested her son, Donovan Penner, shortly after and he was charged with second-degree murder.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty on Monday, a week after his trial started.

A statement from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed the plea.

"It is important to acknowledge the efforts of our IHIT investigators, the support from the Sunshine Coast RCMP and the partnership with crown counsel," said Cpl. Frank Jang.

"It is IHIT's sincere hope that this will bring some closure to the family and friends of Ms. Lachance."

Penner is expected to be sentenced on Monday.