Skip to content

Accused in Vernon motel manslaughter of Kelowna woman sentenced in May

Paige Howse pleased guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in connection to the 2020 death of Alishia Lemp
Paige Howse is set to be sentenced for manslaughter at the Vernon law courts on May 17, 2024. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)

The accused in a Vernon motel manslaughter case will be sentenced in May.

Paige Howse had originally been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of 34-year-old Kelowna woman Alishia Lemp, whose body was found at the Best Value Inn and Suites on 32nd Street Feb. 28, 2020.

Howse pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter at the Vernon courthouse on Sept. 27, 2023.

After a Vernon court appearance on Monday, Howse had her sentencing hearing scheduled for May 17, confirmed Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel with the BC Prosecution Service.

Howse was arrested by the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Serious Crimes Unit in Surrey on Sept. 24, 2021. She was formally charged the same day.

Prior to the guilty plea, Howse was set to stand trial by judge and jury on Oct. 20, 2023.

Howse’s court records show she has previously faced weapon charges and charges of arson and motor vehicle theft. She has made appearances in Vancouver, Kamloops and Vernon courts.

An obituary for Lemp describes her as an extroverted and adventurous young woman who loved to travel, “especially with her beloved Yorkie, Soup.”

READ MORE: Accused enters guilty plea to lesser charge in Vernon motel murder

READ MORE: Admissibility of evidence tested ahead of North Okanagan murder trial

Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
Read more