- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/1G37LND ) Michael Martinez was found guilty Thursday of three counts of first-degree manslaughter, but was acquitted of second-degree murder and a count of first-degree manslaughter.

The conviction is for the July 2014 killing of 21-year-old Beverly Guerra. Authorities say Martinez stabbed her 14 times with a knife during an argument in their apartment.

Guerra died before emergency responders arrived at their apartment.

Guerra’s 3- and 6-year-old children were in a back room during the incident. They were put in the custody of social service officials.

Martinez’ attorney didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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