The man accused of murdering Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang has admitted in court that he did it.
Steven Bacon, 62, appeared at the Nanaimo Courthouse Monday where he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 16-year-old’s death.
Bacon was initially charged with first-degree murder and had pleaded not guilty, but eventually changed his plea for the lesser charge.
Chang was last seen in Nanaimo in March 2017. Her disappearance sparked an investigation and wide-scale search until her body was found in May of that year.
Bacon was initially identified as a person of interest in the investigation. It wasn’t until September 2020 when he was arrested in Thunder Bay on an unrelated charge that he was charged with killing Chang.
Bacon’s lawyer tells CHEK News sentencing is expected to take place in early January.
The minimum sentence for second-degree murder in Canada is life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years, though sentences can range up no parole for 25 years.