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Former Bridgeport Man Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Fatal 2012 Stabbing

Mario Chavez
Mario Chavez Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A former Bridgeport man was found guilty of manslaughter in a fatal stabbing of a man on the East Side of Bridgeport in 2012, according to the Connecticut Post.

Mario Chavez, 56, was found not guilty of murder but was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter on Thursday, the Connecticut Post reported.

The charges stemmed from the May 27, 2012, stabbing of 23-year-old Francisco Barbosa-Vega on Arctic Street. Barbosa-Vega was stabbed in the chest following a fight.

An investigation identified Chavez as a suspect in the stabbing, but by the time police had secured a warrant for his arrest, he had fled the state, according to police.

Chavez was eventually found in Florida and extradited back to Connecticut in 2012.

Related story: Suspect tracked down, arrested in 2012 fatal stabbing

Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12, and could face up to 20 years in prison, according to the Connecticut Post.

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