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TRANSIENT GETS 1-15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SLAYING OF OGDEN MAN

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A transient who pleaded guilty to stabbing to death an Ogden man outside a 25th Street bar was sentenced Wednesday to serve one to 15 years in the state prison.

Samuel Estrada, 29, could have been sentenced to life, but 2nd District Judge David Roth said he sentenced the defendant to a lesser offense because he believed a jury would have found Es-trada guilty of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder based on the circumstances surrounding the case.Estrada was charged with stabbing Victor M. Chavez, 33, several times and cutting his throat outside Pancho's Bar on Sept. 21. Chavez died at the scene.

In asking for a lighter sentence, defense attorney John Caine told Roth that Estrada was remorseful for his actions and described his client as a "salvageable guy.

"Sam has no past history of violence," Caine said. "He had no malice toward this individual (Chavez)."

Assistant Weber County Attorney Gary Heward said had no objection to the lighter sentence.

Roth said he would be lenient because the victim told Estrada that he had a gun before he was stabbed, and both men had been drinking.

The judge also ordered Estrada to pay $1,800 to the victim's family for funeral expenses.