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Stamford Teen Gets 20 Years For Fatally Stabbing Man Over Spilled Coffee

Antonio Muralles, 52, was stabbed to death at a McDonald's in Stamford in March 2015. Photo Credit: File
A small shrine was built in honor of Antonio Muralles of Stamford near the spot where he was stabbed to death at the McDonald's in downtown Stamford in 2015. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern, file

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 17-year-old Stamford resident received a 20-year prison sentence on Tuesday for fatally stabbing a man who accidentally spilled coffee on him in front of a Bedford Street McDonald's in 2015, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Marquest Hall, 17, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter related to the March 11, 2015, stabbing death of 52-year-old Antonio Muralles.

Hall was one of three people arrested in connection with the killing, which police said took place after Muralles accidentally bumped into Hall outside the McDonald's in downtown Stamford and spilled coffee on Hall, who was 15 at the time.

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After Muralles accidentally spilled the coffee and apologized, Hall and another defendant, James McLamb, physically beat Muralles before he fell to the ground and Hall stabbed him in the heart, according to police. Another person, who was 17 at the time, was charged as a juvenile with hindering prosecution, according to police.

At his sentencing Tuesday, Hall did not speak, but his lawyer said that the teen felt remorse for the death of Muralles, the Stamford Advocate reported. The judge told Hall that he hoped the teen would serve every day of his sentence, though Hall will be eligible for parole after 12 years, according to the Advocate.

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