- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A Cumberland man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and first-degree assault in a double stabbing in the western Maryland city earlier this year.

The Cumberland Times-News (https://bit.ly/1H3cB8G ) reports that 26-year-old Ralph Faith entered the plea agreement on Thursday in Allegany County Circuit Court.

Faith had pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in March in connection with the Jan. 29 death of Christopher Wigington.

Witnesses told investigators that Faith and Wigington were involved in a fight. Prosecutors say Faith stabbed Wigington and his girlfriend Tracey Harris during the incident. Harris survived her wound, but Wigington did not.

As part of Faith’s plea, the state is recommending a sentence of 23 1/2 years of incarceration as part of a larger suspended sentence.

Faith remains jailed without bond as he awaits sentencing.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, https://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html


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