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One accused in Goodswimmer death pleads guilty to manslaughter

One of the accused in the death of a man in the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation area has entered a guilty plea. Harlin Martineau pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Grande Prairie Provincial Court Friday morning.

Martineau and Allan Hamelin were both charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and assault with a weapon in the death of 51-year-old Barry Goodswimmer. He was reported missing on June 17, 2019, having last been seen the day before. Charges were laid just a few days later and Goodswimmer’s remains weren’t recovered until June 30th that year in a rural area near the First Nation.

Both Martineau and Hamelin were slated for a trial from October 17th to November 4th, 2022. Martineau will now be back in court on November 4th for an arraignment to hear sentencing submissions from the Crown and defence.

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