Man convicted of manslaughter after bar stabbing

An Onondaga County Court jury Wednesday morning returned a guilty verdict in the case of a man charged with killing another man in a fight outside a bar exactly two years ago to the day.

29-year-old Benedict Agostini III was convicted of first degree manslaughter in connection with the death of George Printup outside of Pfohl TMs Tavern on South Salina Street on June 17, 2007. The two were arguing over a dart game when Agostini stabbed Printup in the chest. Printup died hours later, and Agostini had claimed his actions were self defense.

Onondaga County Court Judge Anthony Aloi said the jury sent a note on Monday that they could not release a unanimous verdict. Aloi then reinstructed the jury.

On Tuesday, after requesting a readback of testimony, the jury again said it was deadlocked. Judge Aloi sent the jury home for the evening, and Wednesday morning they came back and reached the guilty verdict.

Agostini was also convicted of third degree criminal posession of a weapon.

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