Wagoner Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Stabbing Death

Friday, September 22nd 2006, 6:24 am
By: News On 6

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) -- A Wagoner County judge order a man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a Virginia man three years ago to serve 10 years in prison and 20 years on probation.

49-year-old David Allen Kennedy admitted in July that he killed Steven Brett Nilmeier, of Appalachia, Virginia.

According to court records, the 32-year-old Nilmeier was stabbed twice in the neck while fishing at a popular fishing spot on Fort Gibson Lake about four miles east of Wagoner.

Prosecutors say Kennedy told authorities he killed Nilmeier in self-defense after Nilmeier pulled a knife on him.

Nilmeier's wallet was missing when he was found in the grass by passersby, but prosecutors couldn't prove theft was a motive of the killing.

Kennedy has previous convictions in Muskogee County. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1997 on a count of trying to obtain property by fraud, but the sentence was suspended.

Prosecutors filed a motion to revoke that sentence after Kennedy was arrested for Nilmeier's death.

A revocation hearing has been scheduled Monday in Muskogee County District Court.