The man accused of the 2010 New Year’s Day killing of Joel Reimer entered a plea to a lesser charge last week, allowing him to avert a trial for second-degree murder.
George Young, 31, pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death and leaving the scene of an accident without offering aid. For those crimes he’ll be sentenced in December.
Young was arrested not long after Jan. 1 2010 when the body of Reimer, a Lake Country resident working in Alberta, was found under an idling minivan on the 300-block of Park Avenue.
It’s believed that was where his body had been dragged after initial impact 400 meters away.
Police were called to the general area of the crime scene an hour before the grisly discovery, to deal with a report of a disturbance.
The complainant heard men screaming at the corner of Lake Avenue and Pandosy Street and saw two pieces of luggage on the street. After the screaming subsided, the witness heard a vehicle speed by.
That was, at the time, believed to be the point of impact.
A warrant was issued for Young’s arrest in the days following the accident, and he was eventually picked up.
Young’s criminal record in Kelowna dates back to December 1998 when he received a 75-day jail sentence for two assault charges.
In October 2000, he received a two-year jail sentence on two counts of aggravated assault.
His next conviction for a violent offence came in July 2006, when he received a jail sentence of 2.5 years for two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault with a weapon.
His record also includes convictions for theft, possession of stolen property and break and enter.