published Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Man sentenced in 2009 stabbing death of his former schoolmate

A Dayton man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of second-degree murder in the 2009 stabbing death of his former schoolmate, officials said.

Marvin Boles, 42, originally was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 18, 2009, slaying of Stanley Simpson, 35, at Boles' home on Willow Drive in Dayton, according to newspaper archives.

Jim Pope, 12th Judicial District assistant district attorney, said Boles was sentenced this month to serve 20 years in state prison.

The two men, who had been friends since grade school, had an argument that escalated into violence, according to authorities. Dayton Police Chief Chris Sneed said at the time of Boles' arrest that Simpson's body was found on the floor in a utility room, and that Boles met officers arriving at the scene with a bloody hunting knife in his hand.

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