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Minnesota Man Gets 10 years for Sword Stabbing

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A Duluth man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for stabbing his former roommate with a sword.

A jury found 43-year-old Kyle McClain guilty of first- and second-degree assault after a trial in October. McClain admitted that he stabbed Richard Stewart with the weapon on Feb. 18, but claimed it was accidental.

Judge Mark Munger told McClain that there was no excuse for his actions in trying to deal with Stewart, who was intoxicated and trying to seek shelter at McClain’s residence during a blizzard.

Reports say McClain must serve nearly seven years before he’s eligible for supervised release.

The defense argued for probation instead of prison.

Stewart did not attend Wednesday’s hearing and did not submit a victim impact statement.

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