Winnipeg man convicted of killing over $10

Leonard Leslie Murdock was convicted of manslaughter for killing Derek Robert Spence, 24. Spence...

Leonard Leslie Murdock was convicted of manslaughter for killing Derek Robert Spence, 24. Spence was stabbed to death on Aug. 27, 2010, in the 500-block of Manitoba Avenue.

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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.


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