A B.C. man has admitted responsibility for a fatal Winnipeg hit-and-run that claimed the life of a 62-year-old grandmother.
Gater Browne, 40, pleaded guilty Monday to criminal negligence causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident in connection to the Aug. 3, 2017, collision.
Court heard Browne was behind the wheel of a stolen Dodge Ram truck towing a trailer when he cut off another driver on Marion Street, veered into the curbside lane and struck Marlene Eusanio as she stood by her car.
Browne did not slow down or apply his brakes, Crown attorney Melissa Serbin told court. Eusanio was dragged a short distance before she fell to the ground and was run over by the truck and trailer.
"Her body was eviscerated and almost cut in half," Serbin said.
Browne fled the area and later called friends who helped him wash the truck and abandon it and the trailer separately on city streets.
Police recovered both the following day, and found body tissue on the grille and wheel wells, Serbin said.
Browne discussed changing his facial tattoos with a tattoo artist friend before fleeing to Saskatchewan on Aug. 5, 2017, Serbin said.
Police arrested Browne in December 2017 at the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre, where he was in custody for other offences.
In July 2018, a Regina provincial court judge convicted Browne of 13 firearms, property, and fraud related offences committed the same month Eusanio was killed, and sentenced him to 5 1/2 years in prison.
Court was told at that hearing Browne, with his common-law partner, drove a stolen Cadillac Escalade SUV, towing a stolen Harley Davidson trailer filled with stolen goods, to Regina after leaving Winnipeg.
In Regina, Browne and a friend defrauded a company of about $3,200 worth of goods, in addition to committing other offences. Police later found the goods in a padlocked trailer inside a garage, next to an SKS rifle with ammunition and two magazines.
Browne is set to be sentenced on the Winnipeg charges Sept. 25.
Updated on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:40 PM CDT: Adds photo