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Man Gets Life In Prison For Stabbing Bears Fan
Posted By Sports Talk Florida On January 11, 2014 @ 10:03 AM In Florida News,NFL | No Comments
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 29-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a visiting Chicago Bears fan at a bar before a football game in 2012.
Matthew Reid Hinson, a Navy veteran, pleaded guilty last May to killing William Pettry. Authorities say Hinson slashed 42-year-old Pettry’s neck with a pocket knife. Police say Pettry and a friend were talking to Hinson’s wife before the stabbing happened.
Hinson apologized to Pettry’s family Friday, saying he drank too much and made a “terrible judgment call.”
Defense attorneys argued he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from living on a submarine. An expert for the prosecution argued Hinson’s primary issue was alcohol abuse.
The Florida Times-Union (http://www.ittybittyurl.com/1mnG ) reports Pettry, a married father of three, was in town to watch the Bears play the jaguars.
Source: Associated Press
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