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.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com