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Forum News Service, Published December 18 2013

Man who stabbed roommate with sword sentenced to more than 10 years

DULUTH - A Duluth man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison for stabbing his former roommate with a sword this year.

A jury found Kyle Dean McClain, 43, guilty of first-degree assault with great bodily harm and second-degree assault following a three-day trial in October. McClain admitted he stabbed Richard Stewart with the weapon but claimed it was accidental.

Judge Mark Munger told McClain that there was no excuse for his actions in trying to deal with Stewart, who was intoxicated and trying to seek shelter at McClain’s residence during a February blizzard.

“You chose a path that no rational human being I know would choose, and that’s to go and get a sword,” Munger said. “What happened is you lost your temper, stabbed him and almost killed him.”

Munger sentenced McClain to 122 months in prison. He must serve at least two-thirds of that sentence – nearly seven years – before he’s eligible for supervised release. The sentence was recommended by prosecutors and probation officers.