Crime & Courts

Teen sentenced in fatal Christmas Eve stabbing

Steven D. Manuel died following an altercation at his home in the 400 block of South Knight. Manuel suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back during the fight and sought help at a neighbor’s house at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 2014.
Steven D. Manuel died following an altercation at his home in the 400 block of South Knight. Manuel suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back during the fight and sought help at a neighbor’s house at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 2014. File photo

The teen convicted in the fatal Christmas Eve stabbing of a 32-year-old Wichita man in 2014 will spend five years in a juvenile correctional facility, Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dan Dillon said.

He will also be subject to two years of “aftercare” once he is released, Dillon said.

The teen pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter late last year in connection with the killing of Steven D. Manuel, who died following an altercation at his home in the 400 block of South Knight. Manuel suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back during the fight and sought help at a neighbor’s house at about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 2014.

The teen, who was 16 at the time, followed and asked the neighbor to call 911. He told the neighbor he stabbed Manuel in self-defense, authorities have said.

The Eagle is not naming the teen because he did not face charges as an adult. Originally he was charged with second-degree murder.

The teen was sentenced Friday, according to court records.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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