- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new beau has been sentenced to nine years in state prison.

Union County prosecutors say 26-year-old Saint Merilan of Newark must serve about eight years of the sentence imposed Friday before he becomes eligible for parole. A county jury convicted him last month on reckless manslaughter and two weapons charges stemming from the August 2012 attack.

Authorities say Merilan had driven to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Elizabeth to drop off their daughter and was still in his car when the woman arrived with her new boyfriend, 25-year-old Marckenson Flobert. The men began arguing and briefly scuffled before Merilan got a knife from his car and stabbed Flobert multiple times.

Merilan was arrested the same day.



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