- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to 24 ½ years in prison for a 2013 stabbing death at an apartment complex.

Pinal County prosecutors announced Thursday that a Superior Court judge gave Zachary Merriman a 23-year sentence for second-degree murder and 1 ½ years for tampering with evidence.

Casa Grande police say 45-year-old Anthony Randle was found dead inside a unit of the Silver Mesa Apartments in July 2013.

The 21-year-old Merriman told police his girlfriend and Randle got into an argument and he acted in self-defense when he killed Randle.

Authorities say Randle was hit on the head with a rock, stabbed multiple times and his throat was slit twice.

They say Merriman tried to dispose of the body and cleaned up the crime scene with bleach.

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