Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly Stabbing Outside Bar

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:52 AM EDT
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Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly Bar Stabbing

Police in Middletown arrested a man accused of pulling a knife on moviegoers.

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An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 18 to 40 years in state prison in the stabbing death of a Philadelphia man last spring.

Raymond Kahlief-Searles Jr., 43, pleaded guilty in Berks County on Wednesday to third-degree murder in the March 7 slaying of 48-year-old Joseph Ashford. The please spared Kahlief-Searles from first-degree murder and assault charges.

Authorities said the stabbing occurred after the two were ordered to leave a Reading bar following an argument.

The defendant apologized to the victim's girlfriend in court, saying he knew what it was like to lose a loved one.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Connard said the victim's family had been “destroyed by their loss.”

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Defense attorney Nicholas Stoumbakis called the sentence appropriate and said it would give his client “time to change his life if he gets out of jail.”

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