Client charged with second degree murder, pleading guilty to manslaughter. Deceased male was ex-spouse of client’s sister. Deceased came to client’s residence uninvited, stayed and drank with client whereafter they both become intoxicated. Deceased started yelling at client who yelled back for him to leave. Deceased picked up knife and threw at client, striking him in hand. Client picked up knife, at which point the deceased advanced and tried to punch him. Client stabbed deceased in stomach. Deceased fell down and client stabbed him twelve more times, mostly in torso. Client then cleaned scene, wrapped body and dumped in the bush. Fled, found a week later, took police to predator ravaged body and confessed. Client had done well on pretrial release.
Held: 7 1/2 years minus 4 months pre-release custody.