A man accused in a fatal brawl outside a downtown Fargo bar last year is expected to plead guilty to charges.

KFGO says Darren Patterson is expected to change his not guilty plea during a hearing Thursday. He had been scheduled for trial next week on charges of manslaughter and assault.

Patterson is accused of punching Jaime Grant and two other men outside the HoDo bar on May 27, 2017. Grant fell, hit his head on the sidewalk and never regained consciousness. He died the following month.

The manslaughter and assault charged together carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.