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Man gets up to 15 years for friend’s stabbing death

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FARMINGTON — Christian Lance Halterman has been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison for the stabbing death of a friend he thought suspected him of turning drug informant.

Halterman, 24, reportedly was suffering from methamphetamine withdrawal on Feb. 29 when he took a knife from a bedroom floor in a mobile home in Layton and stabbed Kenneth Whittingham more than 20 times.

"I'm sorry," Halterman said quietly and tearfully in 2nd District Court Thursday. "He was my best friend. I'll never forgive myself."

Halterman pleaded guilty in June to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Attorney Loni DeLand likened the case to a Shakespearean tragedy.

Court documents indicate Halterman thought Whittingham believed Halterman had become an informant because Halterman was then undergoing treatment for his drug addiction.

Hansen also ordered Halterman to pay a $2,775 fine and unspecified restitution.