North Okanagan man ends jury trial, pleads guilty to manslaughter

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One person has been arrested and remains in custody as police continue to investigate the discovery of a body in a rural area of the North Okanagan. – Sep 21, 2021

A North Okanagan man with a lengthy criminal history has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man he’d been hanging out with one night nearly three years earlier.

Jevon Smith, 49, was to stand trial for the second-degree murder of Damien Samoleski in September 2021 but last week he pleaded guilty to the lesser included offence of manslaughter with a firearm, according to the BC Prosecution Service.

He was sentenced last week to 1,764 days in jail.  This is after serving 892 days of pre-sentence custody, credited as 1,338 days. The effective sentence is therefore 3,102 days, or approximately 8.5 years.

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The court also imposed a lifetime firearms prohibition, a forfeiture order, and a DNA order.

Samoleski’s body was found in a gravel pit on Back Enderby Road, northwest of Armstrong, on Sept. 20, 2021. The discovery prompted a manhunt and Smith was later found.

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BC  Court Services Online indicates that Smith’s criminal record goes back to 2013 and includes motor vehicle offences, weapons charges and break and enters.

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