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Rhode Island Man Sentenced for Fatally Stabbing Social Media Rival

The 2016 incident occurred after the victim, Jasper Williams, insulted Stevens' girlfriend on social media

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    Rhode Island Man Sentenced for Fatally Stabbing Social Media Rival

    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.

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