- Associated Press - Thursday, February 28, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who police say fatally stabbed his roommate during an argument over rent has pleaded guilty.

The Day reports 45-year-old Patrick McInerney entered his plea Wednesday to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter.

McInerney was originally facing a murder charge in the death of 49-year-old Robert Pomerleau.

Police found Pomerleau lying on the stairs in McInerney’s apartment building after receiving several 911 calls on Dec. 10, 2017.

McInerney, who is white, originally told investigators a black man stabbed the victim. However, a witness told police McInerney stabbed Pomerleau after an argument about the man staying at the apartment for free.

McInerney will be sentenced to 18 years in prison in May as part of his plea deal with prosecutors.

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