- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) - An Idaho man has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for release in a brutal stabbing death at a motel in the western Wisconsin city of Tomah.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Zachary Davis drove a 14-inch machete through the back of 43-year-old Derek Magnuson seven times one morning in March 2015 during a cross-country crime spree, then robbed him of $700. The La Crosse Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2fQC9U7 ) he was angry that Magnuson had made sexual advances on his boyfriend. A jury convicted Davis in September.

While Davis’ attorney argued self-defense at Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger said the facts don’t support that.

Co-defendant Sebastian Martinez, who also went by the name Sabrina Martinez, has a pretrial conference later this month.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.com

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