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A man got in a drunken fight on Thanksgiving and stabbed a person to death. Now, he faces years behind bars.

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Source: MEGA; Eau Claire County

Mar. 3 2022, Published 2:35 p.m. ET

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A man got into a drunken fight with another person on Thanksgiving in 2020. Now, he faces years behind bars.

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Recently, Kelly Weiberg, 52, pleaded guilty in a Wisconsin court to homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, according to the Leader-Telegram. The killing happened on Nov. 26, 2020, at a home in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

Weiberg stabbed Travis Lee Smith around 1 a.m. According to WQOW, Smith punched Weiberg and then Weiberg stabbed him in the chest with a hunting knife.

Smith was intoxicated at the time.

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Police responded to the home and found a man covered in blood and the victim on the ground. Officers tried to provide aid to Smith, who died about a week later from his injuries. Witness told police that Weiberg, who was inside the home, was the attacker, according to the Leader-Telegram.

Weiberg was ordered outside, and he came out but refused to show police his hands or surrender, according to the Leader-Telegram. Officers used a less-lethal round to stun Weiberg and arrested him.

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The fight before the stabbing led to Weiberg being cut and injured. Investigators did not disclose what led to the altercation.

Weiberg told police he was attacked by Smith in the home, but witnesses said the fight took place outside, the Leader-Telegram reported.

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Weiberg was charged as a repeat offender as he was convicted in 2018 for strangulation and suffocation. Weiberg will be sentenced at a later date, and he faces up to five years in prison.

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Source: MEGA; Eau Claire County
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