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Sentencing for Saskatoon man on manslaughter charge delayed

Joel Yuzicapi was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to lesser charge of manslaughter

SASKATOON – Sentencing for a Saskatoon man on a manslaughter charge didn’t proceed Tuesday and has been adjourned to December.

Joel Yuzicapi, 28, was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Preston Logan Thomas last year but he pleaded guilty Friday to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court Nov. 23 via CCTV from the Regina Correctional Centre for sentencing but he is now scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 3. The Crown requested that he appear in person for sentencing. 

According to Saskatoon Police, they found Thomas’ body in a hotel on Airport Drive in Saskatoon on Aug. 1, 2020. They say Yuzicapi and Thomas were known to each other.

Yuzicapi was previously set to stand trial on the second-degree murder charge.

Thomas’ mother Lillian Thomas made a rose to honour her son and takes it with her when she attends Yuzicapi’s scheduled court appearances.


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