Crown seeks adult sentence for second teen guilty in death of Serena McKay

(Image: Serena McKay / Facebook)

A second teen has pleaded guilty for her role in the death of 19-year-old Serena McKay.

Mckay was killed in April of last year on Sagkeeng First Nation. A graphic video showing the teen being brutally beaten the night she died was later circulated on social media.

The girl, 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Winnipeg youth court on Wednesday. The Crown is asking for an adult sentence.

Sentencing for the teen will take place in June.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, an 18-year-old woman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December for her part in the death of McKay, who was found dead outside a home on Sagkeeng. The Crown did not seek an adult sentence for that teen.

Her sentencing hearing is set for April.

McKay likely froze to death, left helpless after a violent attack. She was reported missing on Sunday, April 23, and about two hours later, McKay’s body was found by a community member.

The two girls, who cannot be named because of their ages, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder a few days later.

All three teenagers attended the same Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School,

Drunken argument led to the vicious on-camera beating

CBC News reports, the court heard that there were seven people at a party, including the accused and McKay, on the night of Saturday, April 22.

A fight broke out between the accused teenager and McKay over alcohol and at some point McKay was kicked out of the party. That’s when the fight turned physical.

Two videos filmed — which later became widely shared on Facebook — showed McKay being beaten.

Mckay’s death attracted national attention and prompted a call to action against violence in Sagkeeng, located 140 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

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