Manitoba

Soldier pleads guilty to manslaughter in man's death

A Canadian Forces soldier who was based at CFB Shilo has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a man in Brandon, Man., in 2010.
Duane Lacquette, 21, was killed in a home in Brandon, Man., on Jan. 16, 2010, according to police. ((Submitted by family))

A Canadian Forces soldier who was based at CFB Shilo has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a man in Brandon, Man., in 2010.

Jason John Ouimet was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of Duane John Lacquette, whose body was found at a Centennial Drive residence on Jan. 16, 2010.

An autopsy revealed Lacquette, 21, had died of blunt force injuries to his upper body.

Ouimet, who was 28 years old when he was charged, entered a guilty plea on the lesser charge of manslaughter Monday in a Brandon courtroom.

Ouimet will be sentenced on June 7 in Brandon, justice officials told CBC News.

Ouimet was a gunner with the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and had arrived in Shilo in the fall of 2009.

Military officials have said Ouimet was never deployed in any tours of duty.

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