Lyndon Olsen pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death using a firearm in connection with a sequence of events that ended with this truck crash below Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Feb. 1, 2017. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)

Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

Lyndon Olsen pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death using a firearm for 2017 death

A man accused of the fatal shooting of a Red Deer woman has pleaded guilty.

Lyndon Olsen pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death involving a firearm in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday.

A seven-day jury trial had been scheduled to run Sept. 17-25 on the more serious charge of manslaughter with a firearm.

Olsen was arrested last Feb. 6 in connection with the death of Randee Lynn Stewart, 25.

At about 6:15 a.m. on Feb. 1, Red Deer RCMP received a report of possible gunshots in the area of a townhouse complex near 54th Avenue and 43rd Street. Shortly after, police responded when a pickup truck crashed on its way to Red Deer Regional Hospital on 42nd Street.

RCMP located Stewart in the truck near the hospital, where she was taken and later succumbed to her injuries.

An autopsy was performed on Feb. 2 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and it was confirmed that her death was a homicide.

Olsen was arrested the following week after a vehicle he was riding in got into a minor collision with a police vehicle.

A sentencing date has not yet been set for Olsen, who remains in custody.

Defence lawyer Maurice Collard requested a pre-sentence report and a Gladue report, which is available to help the court determine appropriate sentences for First Nations and Métis offenders.

Justice Monica Bast scheduled the case to return to court on March 5 to get an update on the progress of the reports. She ordered that they be ready no later than mid-April to allow sentencing to take place later that month or in May.

The sentence for criminal negligence causing death using a firearm ranges from a minimum of four years up to life in prison.

Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Maxime Bernier reaches out to Red Deer

Voters looking at The People’s Party of Canada

Alberta municipalities gather in Red Deer for fall conference

About 1,700 people expected for Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conference

Rocky-area widow pleads for better cardiac treatment for Central Albertans

Lillian Hay wonders if her late husband Grant would have survived with local cardiac catheterization

Festival of Trees lineup announced

Popular event has raised millions for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre

Maskwacis Mall has gone solar

Ermineskin Cree Nation receives provincial funding for project

WATCH: Barbecue in support of Red Deer Food Bank

The sun came out for the sixth-annual Feed the Need community barbecue… Continue reading

Black communities seek cannabis amnesty as pot legalization nears

OTTAWA — Members of Canada’s black communities are praising the Liberals for… Continue reading

Goodale tours Ottawa area destroyed by tornado, says feds ready to provide help

DUNROBIN, Ont. — Canada’s public safety minister says the federal government is… Continue reading

Province reports first decrease in child welfare numbers in 15 years

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says the number of kids in the… Continue reading

Woman says boyfriend pressed her to ‘produce a baby’

FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota woman convicted of killing her pregnant… Continue reading

Defence focuses on behaviour of teen killed by Chicago cop

CHICAGO — Lawyers for a white Chicago police officer on trial for… Continue reading

Washington wants Canada to improve spill plan for U.S. spur of Trans Mountain

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s Department of Ecology wants the Canadian government to… Continue reading

National Transportation Safety Board to determine cause of Air Canada close call

Video captured the moment that an Air Canada jet flew off course… Continue reading

Most Read