Man gets at least 9 years for Asheville stabbing death

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A Buncombe County man has been sentenced to at least nine years in prison for the stabbing death of another man during a fight.

Fifty-one-year-old Harold Sammons was convicted in Asheville of voluntary manslaughter in the 2010 stabbing death of 41-year-old Toby Bishop.

Sammons apologized Monday as he was sentenced for the stabbing that occurred during a fight at a mobile home park. Prosecutors said Sammons stabbed Bishop because he thought he was pursuing Sammons’ girlfriend.

Defense attorneys said Sammons acted in self-defense.

He also was ordered to pay for Bishop’s funeral and for attorney fees.
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