A man from Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of 91-year-old Edmund Ferrari just as his trial was due to begin at a virtual court hearing in Milton on Wednesday morning.

Dazel Henry, who is now 25 years old, was on the verge of facing the original charge of first-degree murder, but the Crown agreed to plead to the lesser charge.

Henry faces an automatic life sentence with a parole inaccessibility period to be determined by the judge of between 10 and 25 years. He will also face immigration consequences and deportation as he is a U.S. citizen.

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According to the facts, Ferrari left his retirement resort on the afternoon of August 24, 2019 for a walk around the block.

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He was using a walker and was in Church Street, just north of Lake Shore Road East, in Oakville when he was approached by a stranger.

Henry admitted pushing a knife into Ferrari’s chest. Ferrari’s main aorta and pulmonary artery were hit and he collapsed. Henry ran from the scene to a vehicle parked some distance away.

Ferrari’s body was discovered by a nearby downtown resident who called 911.

Despite the life-saving efforts of the emergency services personnel, Ferrari was pronounced dead at the scene.

Henry is due to appear in court again on January 31.

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The crown and defense will ask the judge to order an NQF (not criminally responsible) assessment before sentencing.

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