ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - An Alabama man was found guilty of first-degree murder by a Monroe County jury for a murder in 2016 on Wednesday.
Stanley Pace will now serve life in jail for the murder of his friend, Ronnie Duke.
"The conviction, the conviction of life was what I was after. Just to make sure that another life was not taken. That was the goal and that's what we got today,” said Tammy Hathcock, Duke’s sister.
Duke was found dead at a garbage dump three days after he had passed away in January 2016.
Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said that Duke had suffered 18 stab wounds from a Civil War replica sword.
Cantrell said that the two had been drinking and fighting which led to Pace chasing Duke down the road.