A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for fatally stabbing another man he says insulted his ex-girlfriend on social media.
Attorney General Peter Neronha announced Monday that 31-year-old James Stevens was sentenced to 30 years, with 20 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.
Authorities say the Providence man stabbed 24-year-old Jasper Williams on Dec. 10, 2016 in East Providence.
According to records, Williams insulted Stevens' girlfriend in the hours leading up to the confrontation.
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Stevens was charged with murder but was convicted by a jury in April of manslaughter.
Stevens said he acted in self-defense after Williams threw the first punch and pulled a knife. But prosecutors say he initiated the confrontation and stabbed the victim 18 times.