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Man Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Fatal Stabbing

staff - June 4, 2016 7:29 am

A 21-year-old man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the 2014 death of a Pittsburg State student.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A Lawrence man was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for fatally stabbing a man to death.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports 34-year-old Joshua Back was sentenced Thursday for intentional second-degree murder and theft. He was convicted in April of killing 45-year-old Tracy Dean Lautenschlager outside a home in May 2015.

The victim was later found bleeding in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant.

During sentencing Thursday, Back’s attorney, Branden Smith, said he is planning an appeal.

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