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19-year-old gets 60 years in fatal stabbing

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 11:05am  ET

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - A Columbia man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a fellow teenager in 2011.

Nineteen-year-old Xavier Bates apologized to Christian Hall's family at his sentencing Friday in Ellicott City.

Bates says he's not a monster _ just a young man who made a life-changing mistake.

Bates pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder for stabbing the 17- year-old victim with a knife he allegedly stole from a local supermarket.

Police say Bates had accused Hall of disrespecting him and sucker-punching him while he was on his bicycle.


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