- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A man who stabbed a friend to death near Grand Junction has been sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (https://goo.gl/T6Re5W ) 25-year-old Lee McDonald was sentenced Wednesday for the July 13, 2014, death of 27-year-old Nicholas Potts. McDonald was convicted Sept. 4 of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

Witnesses told investigators they saw McDonald chase Potts across a neighborhood in the Orchard Mesa community, yelling at him to “die” as he repeatedly stabbed him with two knives. When police arrived, Potts was dead and McDonald was sitting on a bench, covered in blood.

A large butcher knife and a serrated steak knife were on the ground close to Potts’ body.

Police say McDonald told them he stabbed Potts after finding the man in a car with McDonald’s girlfriend.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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