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Boston man pleads guilty to 1989 fatal stabbing

December 4, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man long a suspect in the fatal stabbing of another man nearly a quarter of a century ago has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Eugene Sutton entered his plea Tuesday one day before his retrial in the May 1989 death of 38-year-old Richard Gleason was scheduled to start.

He was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

The 48-year-old Sutton’s murder trial last year ended in a hung jury.

Prosecutors say Sutton demanded money from Gleason then repeatedly attacked him and stabbed him to death in the kitchen of an apartment known to be frequented by drug dealers.

Sutton was long suspected of the slaying, but police never had enough evidence until he was tied to the crime through DNA.

His lawyer called the plea deal fair.

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