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Man sentenced to 12 years in prison in fatal Norwalk stabbing

A 38-year-old man who fatally stabbed another man during a dispute at a Norwalk home was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

William Johnson, a white man from Downey, pleaded no contest Nov. 19  to one count of voluntary manslaughter with a special allegation that he used a knife, prosecutors said.

On March 4, Johnson and Darin Patrick Sivley, 53, were at an acquaintance’s home. Sivley got into an argument with the homeowner, who asked him to leave.

Johnson intervened in the argument, pulled out a knife and stabbed Sivley in the arm, prosecutors said. Sivley began to bleed profusely, so Johnson placed a tourniquet on Sivley’s arm. Sivley then got on his bicycle to get to the hospital. He collapsed on the street.

Johnson was also ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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