- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter after police say he killed someone over a flashlight.

Matthew Lee Phillips pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday. WDAM-TV reports a then-25-year-old Phillips was arrested in April 2017 and charged with one count of murder for fatally stabbing 40-year-old Joseph Stringer that month.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department says in a news release that an altercation over a flashlight led to the fatal stabbing. Sheriff Alex Hodge says alcohol played a role and the two had a history of fighting. Phillips will serve three years of supervised release after serving his sentence.

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Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com



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