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Canadian Press NewsAlert: B.C. man accused in 4 deaths to plead guilty: defence

KELOWNA, B.C. — The lawyer for a man accused in a shooting that left four people dead in Penticton, B.C., says his client plans to plead guilty next week. 

John Brittain was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder after the shooting in April last year. 

Rudi Winter, Barry and Susan Wonch and Darlene Knippelberg were all killed.  

Defence lawyer Paul McMurray told a B.C. Supreme Court judge hearing the case in Kelowna that he’s expecting Brittain to plead guilty to all four indictments in court on Oct. 14. 

A two-day sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Brittain.   

All four victims were neighbours of Brittain’s ex-wife.

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The Canadian Press

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