Man sentenced for stabbing over $10

Derek Robert Spence


WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a fatal stabbing sparked by a fight over $10.

Leonard Murdock, 25, was convicted of manslaughter last month in the August 2010 killing of 24-year-old Derek Spence.

Jurors heard Spence was killed moments after pummelling Murdock's friend outside a Winnipeg home.

Spence and three friends went to confront Murdock's friend for allegedly ripping Spence off of $10 earlier that night.

After beating the man, Spence advanced on Murdock and raised his arms in a challenging gesture, jurors were told.

Murdock, who claimed he was acting in self-defence, stabbed Spence once in the chest, piercing his heart.
Prosecutors had recommended Murdock be sentenced to eight years in prison, while defence lawyer David Soper argued a five year sentence was appropriate.

Justice Diana Cameron credited Murdock for time served, reducing his remaining sentence to approximately 4 1/2 years.

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