Vineyard man pleads guilty to manslaughterAP , Associated Press
Apr. 5, 2013 9:12 AM ET
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Martha's Vineyard man charged with killing his wife's ex-husband has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Ovando Eghill of Chilmark had faced a murder charge in connection with the June 2011 stabbing death of Michael Trusty, but on Thursday pleaded guilty to the less serious charge in Dukes Superior Court.
Prosecutors tell the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/Z6hd86 ) that the 32-year-old Eghill was sentenced to seven years behind bars.
Ehgill's lawyer says his client didn't want to "risk the downside" of a murder conviction, which carries a life sentence.
Authorities say Eghill accused Trusty of verbally abusing his wife and the men fought. Eghill stabbed the 45-year-old Edgartown man in the chest after Trusty threatened Eghill with a machete.
Trusty died days later at a Boston hospital.
Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com