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Man gets 6 years for fatal stabbing

A man involved in a fatal stabbing will spend six years in prison.

Joseph T. Harper, 25, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the March death of Michael “Mickey” Lyng.

Lyng, 19, stepped into a fight between Harper and another man before Harper stabbed him March 3.

Harper was sentenced to 75 months in prison and three years of probation in a plea deal approved by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese.

Harper originally was charged with second-degree murder along with his brother, Christopher R. Harper, 28; and Robert T. Waters, 28.

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