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Man gets 26 years in Colorado Springs fatal stabbing

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Dec 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-03 14:06:38-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A 34-year-old former Army sergeant has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for fatally stabbing another man with whom he had arranged to have an anonymous sexual encounter.

Fernando Rosales was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of second-degree murder in the August 2015 death of 30-year-old Sean Crescentini in Colorado Springs.

Prosecutors alleged Crescentini went to Rosales' apartment, the encounter quickly went bad and Rosales grabbed a butcher knife from his kitchen and stabbed Crescentini in the abdomen.

Crescentini was able to get away, but died in his pickup truck as he tried to drive away.

Rosales told authorities that Crescentini turned aggressive and refused to leave, leading to a confrontation. Rosales said Crescentini twice punched him in the face.

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