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Man sentenced to 30 years in stabbing

— A man who fatally stabbed another man received the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison Monday.

Judge William Sites sentenced Johnnie B. Johnson after Johnson pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter earlier this year, Assistant State Attorney Steve Houchin said.

When it appeared during Johnson’s murder trial in March that the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on a murder charge, Houchin offered the manslaughter plea, which was accepted by Johnson.

Johnson had stabbed Vernon Walker during July 2011 after Walker had beaten him up. Houchin said the “Stand Your Ground” law didn’t apply to the stabbing because the stabbing was a separate incident.