Spryfield teen pleads guilty to random killing of senior

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A 19-year-old Spryfield man charged in the murder of Glenn Francis Oakley has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Jerricho Carter Melvin Upshaw faced four charges related to the 2011 crime, which included manslaughter, stealing property under $5,000 and unlawful possession/ use of a credit card.

In Nova Scotia Supreme Court Monday, the Crown amended a charge of second-degree murder to manslaughter, which prosecutor Ron Lacey said “fits the facts of this case.”

Oakley, 70, was out for his evening walk Nov. 19, 2011, when he was spotted by Upshaw and a younger friend who had a gun.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Upshaw encouraged his friend to shoot Oakley, which he did. The pair later came back and stole Oakley’s credit cards.

“Essentially Mr. Upshaw is guilty as a party,” Lacey said.

Upshaw is scheduled to appear in Supreme Court for sentencing on May 17.

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