WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been convicted of manslaughter for the stabbing death 14 years ago of another man during a fight.
Robin Calzado was charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death in Fitchburg of 31-year-old Frederick Martinez, but was convicted by a jury Tuesday of the lesser charge.
He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing May 1.
Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Calzado chased Martinez down the street and stabbed him because Martinez owed him money.
Calzado in his own defense testified that Martinez was the aggressor, grabbed a knife Calzado used for fishing, and was stabbed unintentionally during the struggle.
Calzado, formerly of Leominster, was indicted in 2004 but fled to the Dominican Republic where he served an 8-year prison sentence for robbery. He was extradited in 2016.