An Aberdeen man was found guilty last week of voluntary manslaughterin the stabbing death of a 23-year-old man on Dec. 26, 1990.
A Circuit Court jury of nine men and three women deliberated for about six hours Thursday before finding Ronald Lee Huff guilty of voluntary manslaughter and assault and battery.
The jury acquitted Huff of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, and a weapons charge after a seven-day trial before Judge Stephen M. Waldron.
Huff, 38, testified that he stabbed KennethHueitt at the victim's Aberdeen apartment after Hueitt attacked him with a knife.
"I had just been attacked," Huff told the jury. "He had tried to stab me."
Huff faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter charge. Had Huff been convicted of first-degree murder, he would have faced life in prison.
A sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Huff testified that he wentto Hueitt's apartment in Washington Park to look for the victim's brother at about 10:30 on the night of the incident. When he arrived atthe apartment, he encountered Hueitt, who was armed with a knife.
Assistant State's Attorney Michael Sanger argued that Huff went to the apartment looking for revenge after a drug deal turned sour.
After the stabbing, Huff fled Hueitt's apartment and was stopped by police outside his apartment in the 500 block of Plaza Court, according to testimony.
The defendant testified that he was on his way to the Aberdeen Police Department to report the stabbing when he was stopped.
Throughout the trial, defense attorney Stuart L. Alison urged the judge to dismiss the charges against his client.