Worcester man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2004 stabbing
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Worcester who had faced a murder charge in connection the fatal drug-related stabbing of another man more than a decade ago has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Dennis Jones had been charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 8, 2004, stabbing death of 46-year-old James Notice, but pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Thursday in Worcester Superior Court.
Sentencing is scheduled for Friday.
He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, and has been in custody since 2006.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1yQ6H6A ) reports that the 53-year-old Jones entered his pleas just as his second trial started. His first trial last year ended in a hung jury.
Prosecutors say Jones stabbed Notice in the chest after Notice accused the defendant of selling him fake cocaine. Notice died two days later.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com