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Falls man imprisoned for fatal stabbing of boyfriend

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, who pleaded guilty to stabbing his boyfriend to death in a confrontation in the early hours of Dec. 26, was sentenced Monday to four to 12 years in state prison.

William E. Swanson Jr., 22, of 38th Street, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to a reduced charge of second-degree manslaughter, which covers reckless killing rather than intentional killing.

Swanson killed Troy Haslip, 26, by stabbing him once in the chest near railroad tracks on Ontario Avenue in the Falls. At first, defense attorney Robert Viola mulled a self-defense argument for Swanson, but instead Swanson took the plea offer May 23 rather than waiting to be indicted. Police originally charged him with first-degree manslaughter.

After the stabbing, the men returned to the home of Haslip’s mother on Ontario Avenue, but paramedics were not able to save Haslip’s life. He and Swanson had lived together for a time and had a long-standing relationship.

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