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A young man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after stabbing a teen in the chest at a birthday party, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 22-year-old David Gage Silva has been sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison for stabbing the 19-year-old man to death.
Silva of Sylmar, was sentenced after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder with a use of a knife. The stabbing took place at a birthday party in the 13300 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar.
The victim, Anthony Hernandez, and the defendant were both guests at the party, the prosecutor said.
According to court testimony, as the party was winding down, an argument broke out between two groups of guests over the loudness of the music.
The argument turned into a fight in which Hernandez was stabbed in the heart by Silva, the prosecutor added.
Witnesses testified that Silva ran away from the house when he heard that the stabbing victim was dying. He was later seen attempting to discard a knife and the shirt he wore at the party, according to witness testimony.