Nova Scotia

Jason William Whitehead pleads guilty in bar fight death

Jason William Whitehead has plead guilty to manslaughter in the December 2011 death of James Phillip Mattatall.

Fight started inside the Toothy Moose on Argyle Street and then spilled out onto the street

Jason William Whitehead has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Jason William Whitehead has plead guilty to manslaughter in the December 2011 death of James Philip Mattatall.

Mattatall, 23, of Dartmouth, was found in the early hours of Saturday, Dec. 17, on Argyle Street in front the Toothy Moose bar unconscious and unresponsive.

Police say the fight started inside the bar and continued outside where Mattatall was knocked to the ground.

At the time, police said there were indications Mattatall may have been trying to break up a fight.

Whitehead is to be sentenced Nov. 28 after a presentence report is prepared. There will also be at least four victim impact statements.

A close friend of Mattatall's, Justin Dobson, said he was someone to look up to.

"He was a coach, he was a mentor to kids — he was a person that we should all model ourselves after," he said.

"I just hope he knows that we all love him."