Cory Wright has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Damon Crooks, a member of the U.S. navy who was stabbed to death outside a nightclub on Argyle Street in November of 2006.

 

The trial for Wright was supposed to begin Monday, but in Halifax Supreme Court on Wednesday, the Halifax resident entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter. He was to stand trial for second-degree murder.

 

Sentencing is set for June 12, with Crooks’ family expected to be in Halifax and have a prepared impact statement for the proceeding.

 

Wright has been in jail since being arrested shortly after the stabbing took place in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. Crooks was a member of the USS Doyle and was in Halifax for a training exercise with the American and Canadian navy. He was stabbed three times outside the Rain nightclub.