A man who stabbed a Tacoma resident to death during a dispute over a portable speaker has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Judge Jerry Costello imposed the sentence for Marcus Thornton on Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court.
A jury convicted Thornton, 39, of second-degree murder last month. Prosecutors argued he stabbed John Scott Ware Jr. to death in September 2014.
Witnesses said Thornton was angry with Ware because he thought the 35-year-old man had stolen a speaker from him, court records show.
Thornton confronted and then attacked Ware as the victim walked in the 1200 block of South State Street, stabbing him with a knife, the records show.
Ware staggered to a nearby house for help but later died.