23-year-old man receives sentence for stabbing that left 1 dead in St. George

Victor Manuel Hernandez, of St. George, who was convicted of murder, appears in 5th District Court for sentencing via video Tuesday.

Victor Manuel Hernandez, of St. George, who was convicted of murder, appears in 5th District Court for sentencing via video Tuesday. (Ron Chaffin, St. George News)



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ST. GEORGE — During a hearing held in 5th District Court, 23-year-old Victor Manuel Hernandez was sentenced to prison for an incident that left one man dead inside a mobile home off Dixie Drive in 2018.

Hernandez appeared before District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox for Tuesday's sentencing hearing on first-degree murder. He was found guilty in September following a three-day jury trial.

Hernandez was charged with stabbing 23-year-old Luwing Leonard Lopez during an altercation that took place at Red Shadows Mobile Home Park on Dixie Drive on June 22, 2018. The two men, who were friends, were having a conversation that escalated into a heated argument, which is when Hernandez stabbed Lopez multiple times, according to police.

During questioning, Hernandez admitted to investigators that he "intentionally killed the male victim with a knife," which was later recovered from the scene. The suspect was arrested later that same day and booked into jail, where he has remained since his arrest on $250,000 bail.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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