Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Teenage Boy Pleads Guilty to the Manslaughter of 17-Year-Old Yukon Girl

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Teenage Boy Pleads Guilty to the Manslaughter of 17-Year-Old Yukon Girl

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Boy pleads guilty to Yukon manslaughter

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WHITEHORSE - A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter a year after the body of a 17-year-old girl was found on a trail in a Whitehorse subdivision.

The boy who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act was initially charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 8, 2014 killing but has pleaded guilty in Yukon territorial court to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The victim was 17-year-old Brandy Vittrekwa, of the Gwich'in Tribal Council from Fort McPherson, N.W.T. She moved to Whitehorse with her family in 2012.

Crown counsel David McWhinnie has filed a notice of intention with the court to ask for an adult sentence.

"Seeking an adult sentence is effectively a two-step process, though, where an assessment is usually sought (or) obtained before the application actually proceeds," said McWhinnie. …

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