- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young homeless man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the October stabbing death of a 43-year-old downtown Portland resident.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/QgNM6x ) that Andrew Metzner, now 21, said he didn’t realize at first that he’d fatally stabbed the victim in the heart.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic said Wednesday that victim Marc Sundin was very intoxicated but wasn’t doing anything illegal when he walked past a 7-Eleven where Metzner and a friend were sitting outside at about 2 a.m. last Oct. 16. The men argued, but it’s not entirely clear what they argued about.

The prosecutor says both Metzner and his friend had knives but Metzner was the only one to jab his knife at Sundin. Investigators say Metzner realized what he’d done after police interviewed him.

The prosecutor says Sundin might not have realized he had been stabbed. He staggered 2 ½ blocks toward home, but collapsed and died across the street from Portland City Hall.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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