Shane Edward Matheson, 19, of Trenton, N.S., was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace following the Oct. 12 attack.
Scott Jones, 27, believes he was attacked because he is gay. He was knifed after leaving a bar on Oct. 12, a crime that prompted an outpouring of support from across the country.
During the attack, Jones was stabbed in the back and slashed in the throat. The injury to Jones's throat was superficial, but the stabbing severed his spinal cord, leaving him a paraplegic.
Police haven’t called it a hate crime, but Jones and many of his friends say he was attacked because he is openly gay.
Jones was not in court Thursday.
Matheson's sentencing is scheduled for June 12 at 9:30 a.m. AT.