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Sentencing to continue for man who pleaded guilty in deadly 2019 shooting at Lacombe

Accused man unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw manslaughter guilty plea

A new sentencing date was expected to be set Oct. 8 for a man who unsuccessfully tried to withdraw a guilty plea in connection with a December, 2019 homicide near Lacombe.

Tyler John Campbell, 28, made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 5. His case was adjourned until Oct. 8 when a date to continue his sentencing before Judge Jim Hunter was expected to be set.

Campbell pleaded guilty to manslaughter last November for shooting Ponoka’s Jeffery Kraft, 20, on Dec. 15, 2019 on a rural road just outside Lacombe.

The Crown prosector and Campbell’s defence lawyer made a joint submission for a seven-year sentence for Campbell.

However, Hunter twice rejected the joint submission earlier this year. In March, the judge said the sentence could be seen as “unhinged from the facts” and lead to a breakdown and loss of confidence in the administration of the courts.

Campbell’s application to withdraw his guilty plea was turned down by a different judge last week.

Editor’s note: Information from the Oct. 8 court date was not obtained by press time.

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