- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont judge has sentenced a man to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man in 2007.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1IrI20C) Roy Bash of Florence, Arizona, originally pleaded guilty in 2008 to manslaughter in the death of Scott Gilbeau in Hinesburg, but that was overturned. Bash later pleaded not guilty and went to trial.

A jury later convicted the 28-year-old Bash of second-degree murder. Bash was sentenced to prison on Tuesday, but was credited for the eight years he’s already served. He is eligible for release in 2022.

Prosecutors said he killed Gilbeau with a pocket knife in a mobile home during a fight over how Bash was treating his girlfriend. Gilbeau’s lawyers said he acted in self-defense.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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