Accused Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Bowling Alley Death Over $16 Bar Tab

Accused Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Bowling Alley Death Over $16 Bar Tab

By The Canadian Press

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PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A Saskatoon man accused in the fatal beating of another man at a Manitoba bowling alley has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Justin Leslie Bird entered the plea Thursday in a courtroom in Portage la Prairie, Man.

He had been charged after a fight over a $16 bar tab last September in the community of Winkler, Man., led to 25-year-old Zachary Straughan’s death.

Straughan, also from Saskatoon, was hit in the head several times with a pool cue and knocked unconscious.

He was taken to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre in unstable condition, but later died.

The pair was working in Winkler for a Saskatoon concrete company at the time.

Bird will be sentenced in the fall.

(CTV Saskatoon, CKOM)

CP - The Canadian Press


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