A Selkirk man has admitted to a drunk-driving crash which killed a newly wed woman.
Sean Nicholas Messner, 25, entered his surprise guilty plea on Monday afternoon. He had recently been ordered to stand trial following a lengthy preliminary hearing.
Messner will be sentenced next March 11 in Selkirk once a court-ordered report is completed. He is currently being held in custody, and Crown and defence lawyers said Monday they will not be making a joint-recommendation.
Andrea Bannish, 28, was killed in November 2010, just weeks after she married her longtime boyfriend.
Messner admits he was behind the wheel of a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck that crashed into Bannish's 1999 Volkswagen at a Selkirk intersection.
More details about the circumstances of the tragedy will be presented at Messner’s sentencing hearing.