Our client was charged with first degree murder because of an incident that arose at a rural New Year’s Eve party. It was alleged that the client and his co-accused attended the house party, beat and kidnapped the deceased in their truck. The victim was subsequently found a week later by RCMP in a forested area. The matter proceeded to a Preliminary Inquiry where we were successful in persuading the presiding Judge to not commit the client to stand trial for first degree murder, instead having the matter go to the Court of Queen’s Bench on the charge of second degree murder. In the weeks leading up to trial, our office was able to persuade the Crown to accept a plea to the lesser included offence of manslaughter, thereby sparing the client a lifetime sentence.