Walker Man Gets 18 Years for Stabbing Death

Created: 11/29/2012 5:07 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

A Walker man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a fatal stabbing in northern Minnesota.
Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie says 21-year-old Sheldon James Smith was sentenced Monday.
Smith had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder for the March 21 killing of 22-year-old Jason Dale Howard.
An investigation found two groups had been getting into physical and verbal confrontations in the days before the stabbing. Smith stabbed Howard during a fight between the two groups.
Howard was airlifted to a Brainerd hospital, where he died.

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