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Associated Press, Published September 20 2013

Man convicted of manslaughter in New Town stabbing

BISMARCK — Federal jurors convicted a man of manslaughter Friday for the stabbing death of another man on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation but acquitted him of a more serious charge of second-degree murder.

The jury deliberated about seven hours before returning a verdict against Waylon Hicks, KFYR-TV reported (http://bit.ly/16f6CkA ).

Hicks acknowledged killing Jeremiah Sage, of Halliday, in July 2012 at the New Town Marina but said it was self-defense.

Prosecutors said Hicks stabbed Sage in the heart multiple times and slashed his throat. They argued that Hicks had a hatred of homosexuals and acted violently because he was appalled another man would come on to him, not because he was afraid for his life.

Authorities found Sage's vehicle engulfed in flames, with his body inside burned beyond recognition.

Hicks will be sentenced in about three months.

Jurors had a few questions Friday for the judge, including the federal definition of sexual assault and bodily harm. The judge told them to rely on their common sense and own experience.

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Information from: KFYR-TV, http://kfyrtv.com

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