Sells man gets 6.5 years for stabbing death

2013-11-19T16:15:00Z 2013-11-20T08:30:58Z Sells man gets 6.5 years for stabbing deathArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Sells man convicted of stabbing a man to death in 2011 was sentenced to 6½ years in prison in federal court Monday.

Alrick Michael Escalante, 21, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was sentenced after a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter.

U.S. District Judge David C. Bury sentenced Escalante for killing Michael Conrad Lopez, 22.

He was originally charged with first-degree murder.

Escalante’s attorney filed a sentencing memorandum saying his client acted out of fear for his safety when he stabbed Lopez.

The report said both the defendant and victim had gang ties.

Patrick McNamera

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