Man pleads guilty to strangling woman in 2007
A man who was facing a jury trial for the 2007 murder of Aynsley Kinch entered a surprise guilty plea this morning.
Stanton Viner, 52, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder one day before jury selection for his trial was to begin.
Kinch’s body was found in a field near Murray Avenue on the morning of July 15, 2007.
Viner told court this morning that he had killed Kinch by strangling her.
Sentencing has been set for June 3. Viner faces a minimum 10-year with no parole eligibility for 10 years.
Crown attorney Christina Kopynsky said the issue at sentencing, before Justice Colleen Suche, is when Viner will be eligible to apply for parole.
Guilty plea in killing of sex trade worker
There will be no trial for a man arrested in the July 2007 killing of Aynsley Kinch.
Stanton Burlen Viner, 52, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder one day before jury selection was set to begin in his trial.
Kinch, a 35-year-old mother of three involved in the sex trade, was found dead in a field northwest of Winnipeg.
During a plea inquiry before Justice Colleen Suche, Viner admitted to strangling Kinch to death.
Viner faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. He must serve between 10 and 25 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
The Crown and defence have agreed on a specific period of parole ineligibility but did not disclose it to the court.
Viner will return to court June 3 for sentencing. Crown attorney Christina Kopynsky said the adjournment will allow Kinch’s loved ones time to prepare victim impact statements for court.
Viner is still before the court on unrelated sex charges.
According to National Parole Documents, Viner has a history of violence that spans his entire adult life, including a conviction for severely beating two people and another for sexual assault. Parole board files say he assaulted two victims at a residence on July 15, 2004, punching one and repeatedly hitting the other with a fan and severely injuring both.
Viner received a two-year sentence for assault causing bodily harm but denied police reports stating he also grabbed a knife and held it to a female’s throat in the same home.
Viner was also sentenced to three years in prison for a sexual assault committed on Nov. 10, 1992, and convicted of using excessive force in a past job as a bouncer.