Worcester man gets up to 13 years in stabbingAP , Associated Press
Jul. 5, 2013 7:30 AM ET
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Worcester man has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection with a fatal New Year's Eve stabbing.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/12gYEi2 ) reports that Joseph Naveja pleaded guilty Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the Dec. 31, 2011 stabbing death of 51-year-old Charley Weir.
Naveja had been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. He faced a life sentence if convicted of those charges.
Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Naveja stabbed Weir in the chest with a kitchen knife during an argument in Weir's apartment, then stole the victim's wallet. Weir was married to Naveja's mother.
The defendant's lawyer says her client is "remorseful."
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com