Penticton man pleads guilty to manslaugher in back alley beating death

Sheriffs escourt Michael Richard Beauchamp to a waiting vehicle at the back of Penticton courthouse Monday after he plead guilty earlier in the day to manslaughter in the 2009 beating death of Terrence Dale Wooley. It is Beauchamp
Sheriffs escourt Michael Richard Beauchamp to a waiting vehicle at the back of Penticton courthouse Monday after he plead guilty earlier in the day to manslaughter in the 2009 beating death of Terrence Dale Wooley. It is Beauchamp's second manslaughter conviction.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Michael Richard Beauchamp will head back to jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter for a second time in his life.

Beauchamp appeared at the Penticton courthouse on Monday, pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Terrence Dale Wooley, who was found beaten to death in the back alley of Slack Alice's on April 25, 2009. A decade earlier Beauchamp pled guilty to the manslaughter death of a toddler in Ontario and received a 10-year sentence, which was cut in half because of credit for time served while awaiting trial. That law has since been changed and only gives prisoners a maximum credit on a ratio of 1:1.5 days, and only in severe circumstances.

Penticton RCMP arrested Beauchamp, who was known to police as a "fairly new resident of Penticton," on March 5, 2010, almost one year after Wooley's death, and charged him with second-degree murder. The pair were not acquaintances.

Wooley was found unconscious near the back door of the establishment on Front Street, which has since burned down and was not rebuilt. Mounties said Wooley was escorted out by Slack Alice's staff members under the liquor control act and the assault took place after he exited the premises. Wooley was in critical condition with severe head injuries and remained in a coma until May 25, 2009 when he died as a result of his injuries while in care at the Andy Moog Hospice in Penticton. RCMP said during their 11-month investigation they found the staff at Slack Alice's "acted appropriate" escorting Wooley out of the establishment that evening.

Family of Wooley attended court on Monday, but declined to provide a comment. Elizabeth Hawlryliuk, Wooley's mother, previously told the Western News that she saw her son the day before he was killed and recalled his last words were to the effect that he was going to spend the weekend at home relaxing and he would "see her on Monday."

“I didn’t only lose Terry that night, I lost my three other sons, they will never be the same ... I ask people how does someone murder someone they don’t even know and leave him to die in an alley?” she previously said. “At least thanks to the RCMP we have some relief knowing he is not going to hurt somebody else.”

Wooley is not the first person to die at Beauchamp's hands. In 1999, he beat a three-year-old to death in Ontario. Beauchamp killed the daughter of his girlfriend in an attack the judge at his trial described as "atrocious, horrendous, wicked and hateful." Paramedics found the girl dead after answering a 9-1-1 call to the couple's apartment building, located just around the corner from Beauchamp's tattoo parlour. The coroner's report indicated the child's injuries were inflicted by a blunt instrument, probably a fist, and the girl showed multiple bruising from previous beatings. Beauchamp and the girl's mother were drug addicts at the time of the girl's death, using Dilaudid, morphine, heroin, cocaine and crack. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. His sentence was cut in half because he had served two-and-a-half years behind bars awaiting sentencing and was given credit for time and a half.

On Monday Beauchamp also entered guilty pleas to seven of nine charges related to incidents with his girlfriend. Those included two counts of causing bodily harm in 2009 and 2010 by choking and hitting his girlfriend with a fan, uttering threats, assault and mischief causing damage to the girlfriend's property.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Penticton courthouse.

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