DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A 34-year-old Weymouth man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing a guest staying at his apartment during an argument over money.
Norfolk Superior Court jurors began deliberating the case of 34-year-old Eric Carpenito on Wednesday. On Thursday they found him guilty of the lesser charge.
Carpenito had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old David Lilley Jr. in May 2011.
Prosecutors say Carpenito demanded money from Lilley for allowing him to stay at his apartment, they argued, and Carpenito stabbed Lilley.
Carpenito’s lawyer said it was self-defense, and his client tried to stop Lilley’s bleeding, called 911 and cooperated with police.
Carpenito faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 31.
Information from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, http://www.patriotledger.com