In a surprise move Wednesday in BC Supreme Court, Miles Halverson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the June 2018 death of Matt Reeder.
Reeder, 45, was assaulted by Halverson on June 5, while sitting on the sidewalk outside Pharmasave in the 600 block of Baker Street in downtown Nelson.
Reeder was taken by ambulance to hospital but later died of injuries.
Halverson left the scene of the assault was but was later arrested by Nelson Police officers.
Halverson will be back in court on October 15th for sentencing.