JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville man accused of killing his daughter's boyfriend has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a life sentence.
As part of a deal with Duval County prosecutors, 41-year-old Carlos Maurice Dupree pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter with a weapon. He was set to go on trial this week for second-degree murder.
Authorities say Dupree confronted 18-year-old Garcia Eugene Bannister in March 2012 because Dupree felt the younger man was disrespecting him. Witnesses say Dupree punched Bannister and then stabbed him with a butcher knife in the abdomen.
The Florida Times-Union reports Dupree's sentencing is scheduled for April.