A young Manitoba man with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder has taken responsibility for hurling a single brutal punch that killed an innocent husband and father.
Dillyn Carl Friesen, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of Lothar Krieg, 58, outside Krieg's home in the Rural Municipality of Taché on the night of July 7, 2012.
Friesen pleaded guilty at the start of what was to be a preliminary hearing in Winnipeg provincial court.
Crown attorney Jocelyne Ritchot called evidence despite the guilty plea.
She asked Judge Dale Schille to establish "aggravating" factors about Friesen's conduct before and after the attack because doing so could affect the sentence he receives.
Court heard Friesen was seen drinking heavily at a gathering at the Monominto sand pits not far from Krieg's home hours prior to the killing.
A fight broke out between Friesen and the boyfriend of Krieg's daughter, Krista.
"(Friesen) was saying that he was kind of, like, in a fighting mood," a witness present at the party, Keith Bodz, told Judge Dale Schille.
After the fight broke up and Krista and her boyfriend left, Friesen was "still angry," said Bodz.
Either Friesen or a friend he was with said, 'let's go get them, finish this,'" court heard.
Friesen and the friend then drove to Krieg's nearby home in hopes of Friesen continuing the earlier confrontation.
When they pulled up, Krieg approached him at the end of his driveway.
He had no weapon, made no threats and didn't strike out at Friesen, court heard.
"My dad said: 'get off my property, leave, the cops have been called — just go,'" Krista, 21, testified.
She stood just feet away watching Friesen's attack unfold.
Friesen swore at Krieg and punched him a single time in the side of the head.
Krieg stumbled backwards, put his hand down to support himself as he fell and rolled backwards, said Krista.
It was the punch that killed him, not any subsequent fall to the ground, Schille heard.
Krieg was hospitalized in Winnipeg and died two days after the unprovoked attack.
Friesen concedes that the day after the killing he told people who had been at the sand-pit party to say he'd acted in self-defence if questioned by police.
Neither Ritchot nor defence lawyer Amanda Sansregret told Schille what punishment they'll ultimately seek.
Friesen has a confirmed FASD diagnosis and his cognitive functioning is in the "low range," Sansregret said.
He was also extremely intoxicated and remembers nothing of what happened, she said.
Sentencing was adjourned until later this year. Friesen remains free on bail in the meantime.