- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids man has been given 12 years in prison for stabbing to death a friend.

Online court records say 40-year-old Stephen Johnson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and a misdemeanor weapons charge.

Johnson originally was charged with murder in the slaying of 34-year-old Clifton West on June 25, 2013. The two got into a fight after a day of backyard grilling and drinking.

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