Syracuse man sentenced for stabbing death of his father
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:35:31 GMT —
A central New York man who admitted stabbing his estranged father to death while high on hallucinogenic mushrooms has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Local media report that 25-year-old Herman Tolbert Jr. of Clay was sentenced Friday in Syracuse. He pleaded guilty in October to first-degree manslaughter. Tolbert was initially charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge because he had a history of mental illness.
Authorities say 68-year-old Herman Tolbert Sr. was found dead by his wife at their suburban Syracuse home in 2011.
The younger Tolbert broke into the house after being dropped off by friends. They said he'd been acting erratically.