Hartford man gets 15 years for fatally stabbing friend during fight over cellphone

Hartford man gets 15 years for fatally stabbing

Hartford man gets 15 years for fatally stabbing friend during fight over cellphone

HARTFORD - A Hartford man who fatally stabbed his friend during a fight over a cellphone has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Leshawn-Anthony Davis, 29, was sentenced Monday for the December 2013 death of Lamont Cox.

Davis was originally charged with murder, but pleaded guilty in February to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors say they agreed to the lesser charge after they did not think they could prove Davis intended to kill the 34-year-old Cox. Davis said Cox was armed with a hammer and he stabbed him in self-defense.

Davis apologized to Cox's family in court.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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