- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of a Springfield man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The State Journal-Register reports that (https://bit.ly/1KSou4i ) 40-year-old James Eudy received the maximum sentence on Friday under terms of a negotiated plea deal.

He pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 39-year-old Erick Huckaby Jr. of Springfield in October 2009.

He was arrested in January 2012 in southern Illinois’ Saline County, but apparently was living in Springfield at the time of Huckaby’s killing.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Mihiser says Eudy was claiming that he acted in self-defense.

Eudy will receive credit for the 1,185 days he’s spent in jail awaiting the outcome of his case.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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