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Accused in Mountie deaths plead guilty

Two men accused of aiding in the death of four Alberta Mounties pleadedguilty Monday morning to a lesser charge of manslaughter in connectionwith all four deaths.<br />

Two men accused of aiding in the death of four Alberta Mounties pleaded guilty Monday morning to a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with all four deaths.

Shawn Hennessy, 28, and Dennis Cheeseman, 23, both of Barrhead, Alta., sat side-by-side in Court of Queen's Bench wearing sombre expressions. Both entered guilty pleas to four separate manslaughter charges in the deaths of constables Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston, Brock Myrol and Peter Schiemann.

When council for each man advised the court the pair were pleading guilty to a lesser charge, each accused mumbled in agreement, Hennessy looking straight ahead, Cheeseman at the floor, his hands folded.

RCMP said yesterday that the investigation, including a lengthy undercover operation, took 28 months.

 
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