Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for Providence murder

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Providence murder Miguel Tebalan-Rivera

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for stabbing another man to death inside his apartment more than three years ago.

In bench trial last October, Miguel Tebalan-Rivera was found guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a knife while committing a crime of violence in the Dec. 2015 stabbing death of Julio Francisco Perez-Mejia.

Tebalan-Rivera, 36, was sentenced to 60 years in prison with 50 to serve and the rest suspended with probation for the murder charge. He’ll serve concurrently an additional five-year sentence for the weapon charge.

Prosecutors said Tebalan-Rivera surrendered to police on the night of the murder, telling officers, “I killed somebody.”

Police responded to his Moore Street apartment and found Perez-Mejia lying in a pool of blood, according to prosecutors. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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