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Penticton man pleads guilty to killing four for harassing his ex-wife for years

BY , Oct 14, 2020 10:27 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Oct 15, 2020 12:21 AM

A 69 year old Penticton man has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder for the shooting deaths of four Okanagan residents in April 2019.

John Brittain entered the pleas in BC Supreme Court in Kelowna this morning, after his lawyer told the judge last week that Brittain intended to admit to the slayings.

Rudi Winter, Barry and Susan Wonch and Darlene Knippelberg died, and court documents show Brittain's sentencing for the attacks is also set to be held today.

The murders all happened on the same day and the victims were all neighbours that Brittain said had been harassing his ex-wife for years, and were shot because he didn't know how else to make them stop.

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