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Benedict Corrigal pleads guilty in Hay River highrise killings

After nearly three years of court proceedings, Hay River's Benedict Corrigal has pleaded guilty to second degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 deaths of Carol Buggins and Garfield McPherson.

Charged in deaths of Carol Buggins and Garfield McPherson in 2012

Benedict Corrigal exits a police van in 2013. Corrigal pleaded guilty last week in the 2012 deaths of Carol Buggins and Garfield McPherson in Hay River, N.W.T. (CBC)

Benedict Corrigal pleaded guilty last week to killing two people at the Mackenzie Place highrise in Hay River in 2012.

Corrigal was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Carol Buggins and Garfield McPherson. 

Shortly after the initial charges were laid, the charge for McPherson's death was downgraded to second degree murder. In October 2014, the charges were downgraded again, to second degree murder for Buggins' death and manslaughter for McPherson's.

Corrigal pleaded guilty to the reduced charges, ending nearly three years of court proceedings.

Court records show that Corrigal had a violent relationship with Buggins. He was convicted and sent to jail three times in two years for assaulting her prior to her death.

Justice Louise Charbonneau is expected to hand down Corrigal's sentence May 12.

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