A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the stabbing death of a Courtenay resident.

23-year-old Kevin Burns passed away on August 11th of last year, and 41-year-old Shane Stanford has plead guilty to the crime. Stanford was originally facing a 2nd degree murder charge before it was changed to manslaughter.

Stanford will re-appear in Courtenay court for sentencing on January 24th, 2017.