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Niagara Falls man pleads guilty to manslaughter

Ryan C. Taylor

LOCKPORT – A state prison parolee pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Tuesday for the fatal stabbing of a man in Niagara Falls.

Ryan C. Taylor, 33, of Niagara Falls, was promised by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. that he will be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison when Taylor returns to court April 11.

Taylor had been facing trial on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the death of Duane E. Price, 41, whose body was found Jan. 28, 2016, in a bathtub filled with water in a group home for parolees at 1011 Michigan Ave. Price had been stabbed several times in the skull and the base of the neck.

Defense attorney Brian J. Hutchison said Taylor killed Price in the living room three days before and moved the body to the bathtub. It was found by Taylor's parole officer.

At the time of the killing, Taylor was on parole from a sentence for an Erie County weapons possession conviction and Price was on parole after serving time for burglary and criminal contempt, crimes committed in Niagara County.

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