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Man who protected his brother in fight, found guilty of manslaughter

Forty-six-year-old Phil Staine,  who was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter will be sentenced on the thirteenth of December. Staine was convicted of the fatal stabbing of 23-year-old Denver Villafranco, a BDF volunteer who passed away on January 17, 2015. Today Justice Adolph Lucas set the date for sentencing after he heard pleas for mitigation from Staine, his sister Tanisha Jones and his attorney, Bryan Neal. His sister said that after their mother migrated to the USA, Staine took the role of the head of household and reared all their siblings who were children.  She said Staine was always polite and the good he inspired should outweigh the negative. She asked Justice Lucas to be lenient with the sentence. In his own defense, he said that he was sorry for the pain he caused his family and the family of the deceased and he also pleaded with the court for leniency. His attorney Brian Neal said that it was Staine’s fatherly instincts that took over when he saw his younger brother, Kareem Staine, being attacked by the man whom he stabbed in response. Neal said he was not trying to make excuses or trying to explain it away but it was certainly a mitigating factor. He asked that Justice Lucas consider Staine’s age and the impact it will have on his life after he has served whatever sentence is imposed. Two other brothers, Kareem Staine and Orlando Staine, were charged jointly with with Phil Staine for the murder but on the fifth of November, they were acquitted by Justice Lucas.

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