WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a fatal stabbing sparked by a fight over $10.
Leonard Murdock, 25, was convicted of manslaughter last month in the August 2010 killing of 24-year-old Derek Spence. A jury acquitted Murdock of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.
Jurors heard Spence was killed moments after pummelling Murdock’s friend outside a Manitoba Avenue home.
Spence and three friends had gone to the home to confront Murdock’s friend for allegedly ripping Spence off of $10 earlier that night.
After beating the man, Spence advanced on Murdock and raised his arms in a challenging gesture, jurors were told.
Murdock, who claimed he was acting in self-defence, stabbed Spence once in the chest, piercing his heart.
Prosecutors had recommended Murdock be sentenced to eight years in prison, while defence lawyer David Soper argued a five year sentence was appropriate.