- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another man at a party in Worcester last year.

Jay Anderson of Princeton was convicted Friday in the death of 20-year-old Boris Velez II of Worcester.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1mnlnTf) that the Worcester Superior Court jury deliberated about three-and-a-half hours. Anderson faces a mandatory sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Sentencing is scheduled for July 7.

Prosecutors said Velez died at a hospital three days after Anderson stabbed him in the neck during an argument. Witnesses said friends of the two men had argued at an earlier party.

Anderson’s lawyer said Anderson was defending himself after Velez challenged him to a fight and pinned him to a wall. Prosecutors said Velez wasn’t armed.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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